Reports this week are suggesting that Tottenham Hotspur have been offered the chance to bring back Gareth Bale. The Welshman has been told he can leave Real Madrid this summer, with Zinedine Zidane clearly not a fan of the former Spurs star.
The Sun reports that Tottenham could sign him on a £10 million loan deal, paying him wages of £250,000-a-week.
It would undoubtedly be an eye-catching return to the club and one Tottenham fans would get excited about.
However, paying that sort of money for Bale would effectively mean the end for Christian Eriksen.
The Dane and Spurs are struggling to agree on a new deal, with his current contract expiring in 2020. The Daily Mail reported in January that Tottenham’s latest offer for Eriksen was in the region of £140,000-a-week. That seems a lot of money, but not considering the amount other top players are on in the Premier League and Europe.
Bringing in Bale, temporarily, at such a vastly superior wage would upset the balance in the Tottenham dressing room. Eriksen would rightly be asking for a significantly higher salary.
The trouble then would be, does it stop with Eriksen?
Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and Harry Kane could all equally then ask why Bale is being paid so much. Tottenham’s success is born from their excellent tight-knit group. While improvements and reinforcements are needed Tottenham cannot smash their existing structure on one player. Especially on a loan deal.
Despite the nostalgic charm of bringing Bale back, it makes zero sense in the long-term.