According to a report from 90min, Daniel Levy has told Jose Mourinho that Tottenham Hotspur will attempt to sign Gareth Bale in January should the Portuguese decide that he wants the 30-year-old in his squad.
Mourinho was appointed as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor on Wednesday. His focus will obviously be on improving Spurs’ form. But he may also allow himself to have one eye on the January transfer window.
And it appears that he may be given the chance to make a marquee signing in the winter. According to 90min, Levy has decided that Spurs will do all they can to re-sign the Wales international should Mourinho wants him.
The report notes that an initial loan move would be most likely. 90min reports that Bale earns £350,000-a-week at Real Madrid, and Tottenham would need to cover a substantial amount of those wages.
A loan move for Bale could make sense for all parties. Tottenham still have plenty to play for this season. The top four is not out of reach. And they look to stand a fantastic chance of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Bale meanwhile, will want to play regularly in the build-up to Euro 2020. And that looks to be much more likely at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium than at the Bernabeu.
The financial aspect of the deal would mean that a move would be a gamble, even if he joined on loan. But Bale is the kind of player that can quickly make a risk look like a masterstroke.