The rumors linking Gareth Bale with a shock return to Tottenham Hotspur were always going to be far fetched, even when they seemed just a teensy-weensy bit plausible. So we shouldn’t at all be surprised now that the former Spurs man has agreed to depart his unhappy home of Real Madrid for China.
The BBC is now reporting, and that means it’s super hapening y’all, that Chinese Super Club side Jiangsu Suning is “very close” to an agreement to take Bale, who has completely and utterly worn out his welcome in Madrid through not a lot of fault of his own, on a three year contract and make him one of the world’s highest paid footballers, behind only Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar.
BBC doesn’t report the figures, but the Guardian says that Bale will earn a wage of around £1m/week pre-tax, an absolutely staggering amount of money, even if it does mean he has to play in the Chinese Super League for the next three seasons. There have not been any reports about a transfer fee figure.
Good for Gareth, as it means he’ll be able to play football again instead of golf. However, it could have a ripple effect that might rock Spurs’ boat. With Madrid’s interest in Paul Pogba hitting a wall, it could result in the Spanish giants renewing their interest in Christian Eriksen, the one club that Eriksen has said he’d like to play.
That’s maybe not a horrible thing, if it means that Spurs could land Giovani Lo Celso and possibly a player like Paulo Dybala, but the clock is winding down on the summer transfer window and any moves would need to be facilitated quickly, if they are to happen.
There are now a lot things moving and happening in this window, but the first domino has now toppled. It remains to be seen if the chain of dominoes reaches all the way to North London.