Tottenham could look to sign Gareth Bale on loan.
Not for the first time, Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with a move for Gareth Bale.
This time, however, could be different. Like many others, my initial thought when the rumors started was, “oh, here we go again”. However, a loan deal could make sense for Spurs, Bale, and Real Madrid.
According to Mark Ogden of ESPN, Spurs “have moved ahead” in the race to bring in Bale this summer, with Manchester United the other team interested. According to Ogden, Madrid could sell Bale for £18 million or instead work out a loan deal that would split Bale’s wages.
The loan option would be far more realistic for Tottenham.
And it sure seems like Spurs are pushing for it to happen. According to Alasdair Gold of football.london, Tottenham are hoping to sign Bale on loan but would need Madrid to “help out financially due to his eye-watering wages”.
For Madrid, they’d be able to cut down their wage bill by moving on a player they don’t seem to plan to use anyway. For Tottenham, they’d be reunited with a club hero who can help improve this squad immediately.
Bale would be an instant starter in Jose Mourinho’s lineup and would give Spurs the creative, attacking midfielder they desperately need.
Sunday’s disappointing performance against Everton showed that Tottenham lacked creativity. Getting Giovani Lo Celso back from injury will help, but adding a player of Bale’s quality would be huge for this team’s chances of having a successful season.
Tottenham need a lot to go right to make this deal. If it’s a loan deal, they could need an agreement with Real Madrid for them to split the cost of the wages. But if they can pull it off, Bale could be the difference-maker this team needs to bounce back from last season.