Gareth Bale is ‘very likely’ to return to the Premier League with Tottenham and Liverpool leading the way for his signature, Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda has told the Daily Star.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane caused a stir on Sunday by saying that Bale wouldn’t have got on the pitch against Real Betis, even if he was allowed four subs.
It was the clearest hint yet that his future at the Bernabeu looks bleak. A return to the Premier League could now be on the cards, with Liverpool and Spurs the likeliest destinations.
Inda believes the Champions League finalists hold the aces to Bales’s future.
He told the Daily Star: “Bale has spent the day playing golf at La Moraleja.
“It is very likely that he will reach either of the two finalists in the Champions League; Tottenham or Liverpool.”
The journalist has also hinted that any potential deal is perhaps dependant on Madrid landing Christian Eriksen to replace Bale.
He continued: “The operation would be accompanied by Eriksen going to Madrid and a quantity of money.”
Bale’s future is going to be one of the summer’s hot topics for certain. The 29-year-old is still a world star on his day and interest will be natural.
As with anything in football these days, the finances of any deal for Bale to return to the Premier League will be dependant on finances.
Bale earns £350k-a-week, according to Total Sportek and that will be a problem for both Liverpool and Spurs. Neither will break their wage structure for the Welshmen, given that he probably needs them, more than they need him at this moment in time.
A loan switch seems the most likely for either club. That way, Real Madrid will still subsidise some of Bale’s astronomical salary.
It is fair to suggest that Spurs are probably slightly more fancied than Liverpool at this stage. Mauricio Pochettino currently has the one man in world football that Zidane is keen to sign in Christian Eriksen.
Using Bale as bait to land the Dane could make a move to Spurs decent for all parties.