Spanish newspaper AS have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur and any other interested parties will have to splash out a whopping £113million to land Gareth Bale this summer.
Bale, 29, is expected to leave Real Madrid this summer after the Spanish side chose to re-appoint Zinedine Zidane as manager. The duo are renowned to have clashed during the French legend’s first spell as boss.
Former Tottenham and Southampton star Bale has started three out of the four league games Zidane has been in charge for. He scored in Zidane’s return game, during a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo.
He was dropped against Valencia, the only defeat Zidane has suffered since his return. Bale was reinstated against Eibar, and Real earned a 2-1 win. But it appears they are planning for life without the Wales captain.
That is because AS claim Real have slapped a £113million price tag on Bale’s head – despite being 29 years of age. It is £28million more than his £85million world-record move to Real, and £71million more than Spurs’ record transfer.
Davinson Sanchez was bought for £42million from Ajax in the summer of 2017 (Guardian). But if Spurs want Bale, they will almost have to triple their current record fee.
Spurs have plenty of money after posting a record profit. But chairman Daniel Levy is clever, and he will put finances before sentiment. At £113million, Bale is way too expensive.
He has only scored 14 goals this season in 38 appearances. For a player that turns 30 in the summer, £113million is the kind of fee you would expect for a player five years younger than Bale.
If Spurs could argue a price closer to the one they received for Bale, then a deal could be much more likely.