By: Colin Noonan
At the end of the season, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said the club needed to “be brave” if they were to match the ambition set by their new and as-of-yet unnamed stadium set to open at the start of next season. Bringing in Champions League Final hero and former favorite son Gareth Bale would be about as brave as it gets.
The Welsh Wizard, as he was affectionately called during his time at White Hart Lane, made waves with his comments after Real Madrid’s 13th Champions League title saying that he needs to play “week in, week out” which hasn’t been happening at Real Madrid. A place that would happen? Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
The Tottenham Hotspur of today is very different than the one Bale left before the 2013-14 season. Spurs boast world class players up and down the pitch with the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, and Jan Vertonghen. Next season will mark the first in their brand new 61,000 seat stadium which will surely improve the club’s finances. Manager Mauricio Pochettino has Spurs playing attractive, free-flowing football. Gareth Bale could be the final piece of the Tottenham puzzle.
Spurs do have some hurdles to overcome. Any fee that would entice Real to sell would have to be somewhere in the neighborhood of the then-world-record fee of £85 million Bale was sold to Real for, easily shattering Spurs’ previous transfer record of £42 million for defender Davinson Sanchez last summer. Bale is also reportedly on £600,000 a week at Real Madrid, more than Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, and Dele Alli’s wages combined. English and continental heavyweights are also interested in his signature with Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain all believed to be monitoring his situation.
These hurdles aren’t insurmountable. The leaked details of Bale’s initial transfer from Tottenham to Real revealed that Spurs have a clause that grants them 72 hours to match any fee agreed to for Bale this summer. While he may be on £600,000 a week at Real, that only comes out to about £200,000 after taxes. British outlet The Independent has reported that Spurs would be willing to offer Bale £200,000 a week and that he would be open to taking a pay cut in order to facilitate the return.
As a Spurs fan, the idea of Bale returning is very exciting. It would be a fantastic show of ambition by the club and would surely set them up for a title challenge as well as a deep run in the Champions League next season. Beating the likes of Man United, Bayern, and PSG to his signature will not be easy, but if it can be done, it must be done.
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