Real Madrid have rejected the chance to sign Dele Alli as part of the potential deal that could see Gareth Bale return to Tottenham Hotspur, according to a report from The Times.
The Times reports that Spurs are in talks to re-sign Bale this summer. But it appears that some kind of swap deal had been discussed between the two clubs.
The Telegraph reported on Tuesday that one possibility that has been discussed would see Bale return to North London on loan with Tottenham paying half of his wages. As part of that particular deal, Dele would join Los Blancos with the La Liga paying his full salary.
The Telegraph noted that it was unclear whether Daniel Levy would be interested in such a deal. However, another report has claimed that it is Madrid who have quashed the idea.
The Times has suggested that Zinedine Zidane’s side are not keen to sign Alli. It is claimed that their desire to reduce the wage bill is one of the reasons that they are not looking to bring the England international the other way should Bale rejoin Spurs.
TBR View: Madrid’s stance perhaps surprising
Dele has not been at his best for some time. Nevertheless, it is intriguing that Madrid are reportedly not prepared to take him on loan.
Getting Bale off the books – even temporarily – should hand their wage bill a major boost. And bringing Dele in would not take up all of that space.
And given how little Bale has played for Madrid in the last few years, it is surely fair to say that the 24-year-old would be able to make a much greater contribution.
Of course, the two clubs would have still need to reach a financial agreement. And that may have been what put Madrid off a possible swap.