Tottenham have made a sensational offer to Real Madrid to bring back Gareth Bale to north London, according to a report in Spain.
El Desmarque report that Spurs are willing to offer Christian Eriksen and £25.7million to make the move for Bale happen next month.
Eriksen, 27, is out of contract in the summer and all set to quit Spurs, despite holding talks with Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese boss has decided not to go public on the talks, but it’s widely expected the Denmark schemer will move on and he is thought to favour a switch to Real Madrid.
The Sun claim that “Madrid are likely to agree to the deal as Bale” because Bale’s market value is apparently just £34m and he still has two-and-a-half-years left on his £600,000-a-week contract.
There are not too many teams who will take on Bale’s wages and any move to China now looks off after the league introduced a £2million-a-year salary cap for foreign players.
Bale almost made the move to Asia in the summer before Florentino Perez waved off the deal at the last minute.
Now though a return to north London could be on the cards with Bale, apparently, in contact with Mourinho.
The pair’s paths did not cross in Madrid, with Mourinho leaving for Chelsea in June 2013 – three months before Bale arrived in the Spanish capital.
“Having Mourinho there is an amazing statement from the club, I think he’s a serial winner.
“Tottenham want to win trophies and I don’t think there’s a better partnership than Mourinho and Tottenham together to try and win some trophies,” said Bale last month.
Mourinho though has played down Tottenham’s involvement in the transfer window.
“I know that in our transfer market we are going just to react to things that can happen to us in the market. Like I was saying if some player leaves we need to adapt to it,” said Mourinho.
“But we are never going to be the kings of the market, attacking important targets, fighting with clubs that are ready by their profile and philosophy to splash the cash and to go to the important targets.
“We need to do our things in an intelligent way, a creative way, and I repeat I like the players that I have.”
A host of injuries have disrupted Bale’s Spanish career, and rumours of a failure to integrate have frequently bubbled under the surface.
Bale recently spoke of his enjoyment at playing for his country over his club, and was pictured with a flag that read “Wales, Golf, Madrid… In that order” following an appearance for his national team.