Despite being the man who secured victory for Real Madrid in their 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool last month, Gareth Bale revealed in the aftermath of the game that he would consider his future after a season that has seen him struggle for gametime under Zinedine Zidane.
It remains to be seen how the landscape has changed following the departure of the French manager but Mauricio Pochettino has said that he would welcome back the Welshman, valued at £81m by Transfermarkt, to Tottenham Hotspur if he wants to depart the Spanish giants.
With many superstars across the globe looking to do their business before the World Cup starts on June 14, the Bale saga could run and run because he will not be in Russia after the Euro 2016 semi-finalists failed to even make the play-offs.
So, Football FanCast have decided to look at a transfer triangle that could emerge if Bale does make a sensational return to North London…
Manchester United have also been linked with a move for the Welshman but Spurs reportedly have a first refusal clause in place so that if a bid is accepted from a Premier League rival, they have 72 hours to match it.
With the new era beginning in North London with a shiny new stadium, those are the kinds of bumper figures Tottenham want to be able to match and he would add another dimension to a team that is lightyears ahead of the one he left behind.
Genuine pace out wide is one thing this current Spurs side does lack and Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Bale all in attack is a mouth-watering prospect.
Keeping Cristiano Ronaldo in Madrid over the younger Bale would not only make a clear statement about the status of the two men at the club but also necessitate a move for a selfless, pacy forward, who would do the work to ensure Los Blancos’ attack retains balance.
There aren’t many strikers operating at an elite level right now that are as selfless as Roberto Firmino, who presses relentlessly, comes short, springs in behind and is content for Mo Salah to be the true goalscoring star of the Liverpool team, while also getting his fair share himself.
Firmino could play all across the Madrid frontline and although he recently signed a new deal at Anfield, he has been linked with a shock move to the Spanish capital and a good World Cup could see him become a hugely attractive proposition.
Ousmane Dembele has been linked with a move to Anfield, but with the signing of Fabinho coming on the back of bumper swoops for Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita and a new goalkeeper a more pressing priority, having the funds may be the biggest stumbling block.
However, if Liverpool were armed with the war-chest they would surely be able to wangle from Real Madrid due to the amount of time left on Firmino’s contract, that would become much less of a concern.
Dembele hasn’t quite settled in Barcelona but he has the searing pace that all Klopp’s attackers need and although he is not an out-and-out striker, Salah’s goalscoring ability combined with the flexibility of Liverpool’s attack could make it work without Firmino.