The idea of Gareth Bale triumphantly returning to White Hart Lane has been a Tottenham Twitter fever dream for several years now.
It’s been dismissed as fantasy in serious corners, largely because Bale earns the GDP of a small island nation each year; but that apparently hasn’t stopped Daniel Levy from trying.
According to Guillem Balague, the Spurs chairman submitted a bid so cheeky it didn’t even warrant a response from Real.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy tried to bring him back to the club with a one-year loan deal and a payment of not much per week, a cheeky proposal that did not reach Real Madrid as everybody knew what the answer was going to be.
I’m not sure whether to be impressed with the stones on Levy, or have him institutionalized. Like, what was he actually expecting them to say? “Sure, have one of the best players in the world for the final year of his prime for free!”
Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I guess, but he had to know the response was going to be *dismissive wank gesture*
In (only slightly) more realistic transfer news, Balague also notes that re-appointed manager Zinedine Zidane is not a fan of the Welshman and will likely try to ship him out of the Bernabeu in the summer, with North London being floated again as a potential destination.
Real Madrid might try to exchange Bale for Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, another summer target, but Spurs cannot afford Bale’s wages. And right now he is not willing to reduce them.
Eriksen may very well make his way to Madrid this summer, but it’s not going to be for Bale. He’s one of the highest-paid players in the world. He has three years left on a deal paying him £600,000 per week. That’s at least three times what Spurs pay Harry Kane. He also turns 30 this summer and is notoriously injury prone. It’s just not going to happen.
Maybe Levy can get Leo Messi in on loan though.