Gareth Bale’s agent has revealed that the winger has held talks with Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, but a deal to take him back to north London remains “complicated”.
Mourinho refused to entertain the speculation linking his side with the Wales international on Wednesday.
However, strong reports suggest Tottenham are working to seal a return to his former club for the 31-year-old. It remains unclear, though, whether Spurs will look to strike a loan or permanent agreement.
Bale is reportedly available on a permanent transfer for £18million, with Real Madrid keen to remove his wages from their books.
Although, Madrid are also allegedly willing to pay half of Bale’s £600,000 weekly wage to strike a deal.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Jonathan Barnett insisted that while there is potential for rapid progress in the deal, several issues still remain.
“There’s a long way to go on some issues, but without doubt Gareth is closer to leaving Madrid than at any time in last seven years,” the agent said.
“The deal is complicated, but there’s reason to believe a deal is close and things could move very quickly if discussions continue to go well.
“Gareth has spoken to Jose and explained how Spurs have a special place in his heart.”
Bale scored 56 goals and assisted 58 others in 203 Tottenham games before his move to Madrid.
Indeed, he became the world’s most expensive player upon his move to Spain in 2013.
Mourinho said in Wednesday’s press conference: “Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid player and I don’t talk about players from other clubs. It’s not my job to have contact with agents and I don’t want to comment.”
TOTTENHAM’S STRIKER TALKS FAIL
Meanwhile, reports claim Tottenham have lost out in the race to sign one striker on their transfer shortlist.
Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth was reportedly a consideration for Mourinho. The Norwegian produced stunning form for Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super Lig last season.
He has one year left on his loan in Turkey, but that deal could end prematurely ahead of a move to Germany.