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.
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.
Perennial Serie A champions Juventus are preparing to make a £120 million bid for Manchester United star Paul Pogba, according to reports.
Juventus want their former star back as the club seeks to build a side that can win the Champions League, according to The Times.
Real Madrid are also known to be interested in the French star, with manager Zinedine Zidane known to be a big fan of his countryman. It has been thought Madrid prefer a player-plus-cash deal for Pogba, with Welsh star Gareth Bale a potential makeweight in the deal.
Pogba is believed to want to leave United – he is on record saying he could fancy a new challenge – and a move to Madrid or Turin would doubtless appeal to him.
However, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears determined to hold on to the World Cup Winner and is thought to see him as a vital part of his side for next season as they seek to regain a spot in the Champions League. He is expected to join their pre-season tour too.
It seems this transfer saga could run for some time yet.
Spanish giants Real Madrid want to include Gareth Bale in a player-plus-cash deal to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United, according to reports.
Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made signing his countryman one of his priorities as he revamps his squad after Madrid’s poor – by their standards – season in 2018/19.
However, having already spent more than £300 million on new players this summer, Madrid are reluctant to meet United’s £150 million asking price in full. This is why they want to include a makeweight such as Bale, who has been told he isn’t part of Zidane’s plans for next season.
United have previously been linked with Bale – especially during the Jose Mourinho era – but appear to have cooled their interest in the 29-year-old now. Whether his inclusion in any offer for Pogba changes their stance remains to be seen.
Pogba is understood to be keen to move to Madrid but United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reluctant to lose him. If this stance continues Pogba could submit a formal transfer request.
Meanwhile Bale has previously said he is happy to stay at Madrid, so whether he would agree to be the makeweight in any deal remains to be seen.