Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is trying to find a way of re-signing Gareth Bale in a move that could see Dele Alli move to Real Madrid, according to reports.
Bale is prepared to consider a return to the Premier League and his agent has admitted Tottenham is “where he wants to be”, although Levy could face competition from Manchester United, who are also keen on the winger.
According to Telegraph Sport, one proposal that would interest Real is for Bale to return to Tottenham on loan, paying 50 per cent of his wages, with Alli moving to the Bernabeu and Real paying 100 per cent of his salary.
This would allow Spurs to re-sign Bale and pay him £300,000-a-week, £150,000-a-week of which would be financed by the saving made on the wages of Alli.
Regardless of whether or not a deal will involve Alli, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has already confirmed that all parties are in talks over the Welshman’s return to Tottenham.
“Gareth still loves Spurs,” said Barnett. “We are talking (Spurs, Real and Bale’s camp). It’s where he wants to be.”
Real Madrid and Tottenham have already been in negotiations regarding the signing of left-back Sergio Reguilon, who now looks set to move to move to North London on a permanent deal.
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Bale would also consider leaving Real Madrid on loan, something that he has always dismissed, if a permanent transfer cannot be negotiated.
The emotional pull of returning to Spurs, where he became one of the best players in the club’s history, could hand Levy a major advantage if he can make the finances work.
Bale has previously not entertained a return to the Premier League, but he now feels the time might be right to play the final years of his career out in England and leave behind the huge criticism he has faced in Madrid.