Tottenham could sign Gareth Bale in a cut-price deal at the end of the season.
The Welsh captain joined former club Spurs on a season-long loan from Real Madrid in the last transfer window, but already Jose Mourinho has seen enough to try and make the deal permanent.
And reports from Spain suggest that Real might be prepared to sell him for as little as €15 million (£13.5 million) at the end of the season. That is because, with Bale still under contract at the Spanish club until the end of 2022, selling him would enable them to save on a year’s salary, and, with the Welshman the club’s top earner on £600,000 a week, the benefit to their bottom-line would be considerable.
Bale appears to have no future at Real having fallen out with manager Zinedine Zidane, so a permanent move back to North London would appear to suit all parties.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.