Tottenham Hotspur want to re-sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale this summer – but the Welshman’s wages could scupper any deal, according to reports.
Spurs are thought to be willing to pay £54 million to bring Bale back to London. It is also though Madrid would be happy to sell him for that price.
However, a potential sticking point is the 29-year-old’s wages, reported to be £600,000 a week. Spurs bosses have baulked at that, saying they could only afford around half that figure.
Bale has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu since Zinedine Zidane returned as manager. Indeed, the Frenchman has made it clear that the player is not part of his plans for next season.
While Bale is reportedly happy to stay in Madrid and see out the remaining three years on his contract, Madrid would be happy to sell. The fee would come in handy to help balance the books, with Zidane having already spent north of £300 million on new players this summer, with hopes for more. Clearing him off the wage bill would also help.
A move back to Spurs, where he made his name, would make sense for Bale – he is still adored by the fans and they will be competing for the Premier League and Champions League titles again next season.
Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho is set for a sensational move back to his former club Liverpool, according to reports.
Brazilian star Coutinho left Anfield for Barcelona in January 2018 for £142 million after a protracted transfer battle. However, his time in the Catalan capital has not been a happy one, with injuries and a loss of form ensuring he hasn’t made the impact that was hoped for.
Now, with Antoine Griezmann joining Barca from Atletico Madrid, Coutinho could be pushed further down the pecking order.
However, former club Liverpool could offer him a way out of his Camp Nou nightmare. Italian news site Calciomercato have reported that the Reds have put together an offer of a two-year loan deal, with an option to buy for £88 million.
Calciomercato also report that Coutinho is keen on this deal. His agent, Kia Joorabchan, has previously hinted that his charge would find it difficult to play for another Premier League club.
This would appear to be a blow to Manchester United, who have also been linked with the player in recent weeks.
Yet Coutinho could get stay at Barcelona. Joorabchan also said that Barca bosses have no intention of selling him and have not spoken to any parties about this.
Make of that what you will. Coutinho might be on his way out of Barcelona. Or not. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are set for a battle to sign Paris St-Germain’s Brazilian striker Neymar this summer.
It is looking increasingly likely that Neymar will depart the Parc des Princes this summer having failed to show up for training on Monday. Boss Leonardo has admitted that Neymar can go – for the right price.
It is thought that Neymar wants to return to Barcelona – the club he left two summers ago to join PSG in a world record £198 million deal.
Barca are thought to have been working behind the scenes on a deal to bring the 27-year-old back.
However, they may face competition from old rivals Real Madrid. They have long been linked with Neymar and it was thought likely at one point he would join them. Real president Florentino Perez has talked of his admiration for him – and regret at not signing him from Santos – in the past.
But Zinedine Zidane has already spent more than £300 million on new players this summer, so if they were to be able to afford Neymar they would have to sell some of their stars to ensure they don’t fall foul of Financial Fair Play rules.
PSG would likely want at least what they paid for the player and, given the length on his contract and age, probably more. Only Barca and Real could realistically afford it – Manchester City tend not to go for mega-signings such as this.
German champions Bayern Munich are waiting for Leroy Sane to make a decision on where his future lies before making any bid for him.
Bayern have targeted Sane this summer as they seek to replace departing stars Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. The 23-year-old German would fit the bill for the Bavarian side but they are waiting for Sane to say that he wants to join them before making any bid.
Sane has been thinking over the move on his holidays but now he has returned a decision is expected soon. He was in and out of the City starting XI last season, but boss Pep Guardiola sees him as an integral part of the squad.
However, City are confident that Sane will stay at the Etihad Stadium and they have been negotiating a new contract with him for some time, which they hope he will sign.
If Sane does indicate he wants to return to his homeland, then City will want a hefty fee for him. At his age, then City will be looking for upwards of £50 million, if not closer to £80 million.
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