Tottenham’s summer transfer plan
Gareth Bale is expected to arrive in London on Friday to complete a sensational return to Tottenham on loan.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett on Thursday morning told Standard Sport an agreement between Spurs, Real Madrid and the Welshman was “very close but not there yet”.
The 31-year-old is set to fly to the capital on Friday to complete a season-long loan move that will cost Spurs less than £15million in wages and fees.
Real are understood to have agreed to pay more than half of Bale’s reported £600,000-a-week salary for the season, although he is still expected to be Tottenham’s best-paid player ahead of Harry Kane.
The Spanish giants pushed for a permanent deal or for Spurs to cover 100 percent of Bale’s wages for the duration of his loan, but they have reluctantly agreed to compromise in a bid to offload their highest earner, whose relationship with the fans, head coach Zinedine Zidane, and the Spanish media has broken down.
It is not clear if the deal will include an option for Spurs to make the transfer permanent next summer but Bale has two years remaining on his Real contract and would not be welcomed back to the Spanish capital, at least while Zidane remains in charge.
Real also offered the forward to Manchester United but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward are continuing to prioritise a move for Jadon Sancho and Bale preferred a return to Spurs, where he believes he will be respected again.
Bale could make an emotional double-homecoming in Sunday’s match at Southampton, where he came through the ranks before joining Spurs as a 17-year-old in 2007, but is not thought to be match-fit, despite playing twice for Wales this month.
Spurs have also agreed a deal worth in excess of £25m for Real left-back Sergio Reguilon, with the 23-year-old expected to complete a medical in the next 24 hours.
Spurs are not thought to have offered Dele Alli to Real as a makeweight in the Bale deal but the England international’s future is in doubt after he was one of eight players excluded from the trip to Bulgaria for Thursday evening’s Europa League second qualifying round match against Lomomotiv Plovdiv.
While Dele, who was replaced at half-time of Sunday’s defeat to Everton, is not currently expected to leave the club before the October 5 transfer deadline, Spurs have not ruled out selling the 24-year-old or sending him on loan to recapture the form which made him one of the most exciting young players in the world.
Toby Alderweireld has also remained in London, along with injured pair Japhet Tanganga and Serge Aurier, while transfer-listed Juan Foyth is ineligible after being left out of the Europa League squad