A transfer clause will put Tottenham Hotspur at the head of the queue to sign Gareth Bale this summer, according to a report.
Eurosport claim Spurs chief Daniel Levy negotiated first refusal on the Wales star when he arrived last summer on loan.
Part of the loan agreement with Real Madrid was that Tottenham would have first pick over the 31-year-old when his loan expires this summer.
AS have already reported that the loan does not include an automatic option for a further extension. However, Levy did make sure Spurs had first refusal and that was key in getting the deal done last year.
Bale has found his form in recent weeks and Spurs are believed to be keen for him to stay. Part of the deal that Levy arranged also included Real agreeing to pay Bale’s salary for the first month of his loan spell.
The forward is currently on a £600,000-a-week deal with the Bernabeu club.
According to Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Madrid will seek a transfer fee of around €20m-€30m in the summer. Whether or not Levy will be happy to pay that for a player whose sell-on capacity will be very limited remains to be seen.
Softly softly approach paying off
Jose Mourinho and Bale have both faced criticism for the manager’s treatment and the winger’s supposed lack of desire.
According to Football Insider, though, Bale’s lack of game time has been part of a long-term plan for Mourinho.
The manager felt previously that Bale could not handle ‘regular, intense football’. However, his matches until February have helped him become accustomed again to the demands of such a role.
As such, Mourinho and his fellow Spurs coaches will drop their ‘softly-softly’ approach and ‘unleash’ him in the final part of the campaign.
Bale has in fact started the last four Premier League games and scored four times, with three wins.