Tottenham fans on Twitter have been debating whether or not to re-sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, after The Times revealed that the Spanish side would be willing to allow the Welshman to leave for free just to get him off the wage bill.
Bale has scored 14 goals and recorded six assists this season, although it has been another difficult campaign for the former Southampton man in the Spanish capital.
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Los Blancos are reportedly trying to get rid of him, and he was coldly left on the bench in the last game of the season without having the chance to say goodbye – it is a cruel way to treat a player who has been pivotal in winning four Champions League titles, a Copa del Rey success in which Bale scored the winner in the final and a league title.
He is still undoubtedly a world-class player, and would do a job for Mauricio Pochettino – his astonishing £650,000-a-week wages are a huge stumbling block, however.
Being able to sign a player of Bale’s pedigree for free would be an opportunity too good for the Champions League finalists to ignore.
Even if he was paid his current salary at Spurs for a few years, it would potentially work out to be the equivalent of a hefty transfer fee rightly paid for a player of his class, so that shouldn’t prove to be too much of an issue.
Let’s see what the torn Tottenham fans on Twitter have been saying about a potential return for their former No.11 on a free transfer…
#thfc are considering a move to re-sign Gareth Bale as Real Madrid are prepared to let the forward leave on a free transfer just to remove him from their wage bill. [The Times] pic.twitter.com/EZfYjgm3YG
— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) May 19, 2019
Signing him on a free would mean we’d have to pay him at least £350k/week which would cause unrest amongst the players, with Eriksen and Toby possibly leaving due to contract issues we’ll end up having a Sanchez at United problem and more people will want to leave
— Ishaq (@Shax98) May 19, 2019
Levy will offer him a £10m signing on fee and the basic London living wage… not gonna happen. Rather go big on De Ligt at 19y/o!
— GM (@ea1gmessina) May 19, 2019
would be decent if the wage isnt crazy
— dubu-L (@abdullhfrd) May 19, 2019
To everyone saying his wages would stop this; if we assume we’d have paid £60m for him, then getting him for free would mean we could add £267k a week to whatever we would be willing to pay him at no extra cost
— Steven Garth Endersby (@SGEndersby) May 19, 2019
The loan story seemed plausible. This will never happen.
— Nathan Farrar (@Nathan_Farrar) May 19, 2019
Really can see this happening and I would welcome it
— THFC Jar Jar Binks (@teamdazpompom) May 19, 2019
Don’t be fooled by “free transfer” folks. If this is the case, we will have to make up for it with a big signing on fee plus wages. If he’s willimg to take a huge pay cut, I’d love to have him but it won’t happen.
— ? (@dans1091) May 19, 2019
Let’s assume this story is true (I doubt it). Let’s also call Bale a £60m player. That £60m spread over, say a four year contract would give a wage of £288k/week. Add another £100k from Spurs pockets and take advertising/endorsement money return into account. Very doable.
— James Wright (@jameswright2004) May 19, 2019