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.