Report claims Spurs could sign Gareth Bale for cut-price fee

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Dom Le Roy

According to CalcioMercato (as relayed by Mundo Deportivo), Tottenham Hotspur could make Gareth Bale’s loan move to North London permanent for a fee of around €15m (£13.5m).

Bale joined Spurs on a season-long loan deal, with reports indicating that Spurs have an option to extend the loan deal by another year, to take it into the summer of 2022 when his contract with Real Madrid runs out (Football.London).

The Welshman’s agent, Jonathan Barnett previously admitted that the 31-year-old would prefer not to return to the Spanish capital at the end of the season (BBC Sport).

Bale has had a slow start to his second spell at North London, which is to be expected given his lack of game time in recent months but there are signs that he is slowly but surely getting his sharpness back.

CalcioMercato claim that Jose Mourinho has been pleased with what he has seen of Bale and would like to bring the left-footer back to North London on a permanent basis.

The report asserts that Real Madrid would be happy to sanction his sale as it would allow them to get the winger off their wage bill.

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Given that we have the option of extending Bale’s loan deal by another season, it would not really make much sense to buy him permanently since he will be a free agent by 2022. There is also no chance that we would be in a position to bear the entirety of his wages. So, unless Real Madrid continue to subsidise his salary (like they did with Adebayor), a permanent transfer for Bale is out of the question.

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