Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has claimed in a column for the network that Spurs have tried to sign Bale on a temporary deal but that has not got off the ground despite Real’s willingness to cash in on the 29-year-old attacker.
Balague moots the possibility of an exchange between Tottenham and Real for their superstar creative players but claimed the Welshman’s £385,000-a-week wages are out of reach of the London club.
This would be a great deal for Spurs if, as seems more likely than not, they lose Eriksen to one of Europe’s elite clubs this summer. That is certainly a strong possibility, given the great Dane is out of contract in 2020 and has rejected a series of lucrative offers from the north Londoners to stay. Bale is two-and-a-half years older than Eriksen and is in and out of the Real side amid widespread reports in Spain new manager Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want him. But the Welshman’s career can be revived back at White Hart Lane, where he developed from promising left-back into a superstar forward and potent matchwinner. Even in this season of apparent woe, Bale has scored 13 goals for Real and done more than many of the other big names seemingly going through the motions. He needs a manager who can challenge and motivate him, get the best out of a still luminous talent. Bale is five years younger than the great Cristiano Ronaldo. If a deal can be done, he could be a brilliant Spurs swap signing.