Gareth Bale has arrived at Tottenham’s training ground after flying from Spain to complete his move back to the club from Real Madrid.
Bale completed a medical in Madrid on Thursday as he closes on a deal that will see him return to the club he left in a world-record £86m transfer seven years ago.
The Wales captain travelled to London Luton Airport accompanied on a private flight by Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Reguilon, who is set to join Spurs on a five-year deal for a fee that could rise to £32m after also completing a medical on Thursday.
Lawyers in Spain and England have been drawing up contracts that will make Bale a Spurs player again on a season-long loan deal. Tottenham have agreed to pay about £20m in wages and loan fees.
Negotiations are understood to have progressed well from Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
Both Bale and Reguilon are likely to meet conditions that will enable them to avoid quarantining upon their arrival to London.
Along with having arrived from an elite sporting environment where coronavirus protocols have been adhered to, the players will both need to have returned negative test results within five days prior to entering the United Kingdom.
Bale is keen to play for a club where he believes he will be respected and appreciated again.
Although he played for Wales twice this month, he is not fully match fit and it is expected that it will take a month for him to get back to his best.
Real Madrid have agreed to let him leave on loan in order to get his £500,000-a-week wages off their books and Tottenham have made all the running to sign him this week.
As well as being frozen out by Zinedine Zidane, Bale has had a difficult relationship with the Spanish media and Real fans, and he is looking forward to making a fresh start back at Spurs.
Manchester United considered making a move for him as a back-up option to Jadon Sancho, but they did not make an offer, even though they have tried to sign him on numerous occasions since he was at Southampton 13 years ago.
Jose coy on Bale’s return
Jose Mourinho remained tight-lipped once again over Gareth Bale’s imminent return to Tottenham after Thursday’s Europa League qualifying second round victory Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
“I cannot comment, I don’t comment on something that I don’t know,” the Portuguese said.
“For me, at this moment, until I’m told Gareth Bale is a Tottenham player, I still think and feel and respect the fact that he’s a Real Madrid player, so I’m not going to comment on a Real Madrid player.”
Gareth Bale underwent a medical at Real Madrid’s training ground on Thursday, lawyers have drawn up contracts and Tottenham are paying £20m in wages and a loan fee
Gareth Bale will fly to London on Friday to complete his £20m loan move to Tottenham.
Real Madrid star Bale, 31, has agreed the one-year deal which will see him return to the club he left seven years ago in a world record £86m switch.
Bale underwent a medical at Madrid’s training ground on Thursday, lawyers have drawn up contracts and Spurs are paying £20m in wages and a loan fee.
It is a huge coup for Tottenham who are also signing Real Madrid left back Sergio Reguilon in a £25m move and the North London club hope to announce both on Friday.
But Tottenham have been rebuffed by Southampton after making an enquiry for Danny Ings as they chase a striker as back-up for Kane.
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They desperately need reinforcements after just squeezing past Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League amid a crazy fixture schedule.
But Bale departs Real Madrid with former president Ramon Calderon claiming that the Wales forward’s time finishes in disappointment despite him winning the Champions League four times as he struggled in Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow.
Calderon said: “I think it’s been a pity. He came with the handicap that we paid for him more than for Cristiano Ronaldo and that meant that he was under scrutiny all the time.
“They were thinking that he would be better than Cristiano Ronaldo, and on top of that he had many injuries and he was unlucky.
“It happens so many times that a player who is successful in one club is not in another one. I don’t know, really it hasn’t been a successful signing, which is a pity because, as I say, the player is a very good player.
“I think it’s the best option for everyone and for Tottenham, I think they are lucky having a player like Gareth Bale. People loved him there so I think this is the real time when he will leave and he will be playing for Tottenham.”