Explained: Gareth Bale’s proposed return to Tottenham

David Ornstein and more
Sep 15, 2020

Additional contributors: Jack Pitt-Brooke, Charlie Eccleshare, Laurie Whitwell, Dermot Corrigan

Tottenham Hotspur are working on a deal to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.

The exact nature of the transfer, be it a loan or a permanent deal, had yet to be finalised as of Tuesday night, while personal terms still needed to be agreed.

But Bale is keen to make a remarkable return to the club he left for a then-world-record fee of £85 million in 2013, with Madrid potentially open to paying around half of his £600,000-a-week wages to get a loan deal over the line.

But is this a deal that suits all parties? How can Spurs afford to buy back Bale? And what about Manchester United’s interest in the Welshman? The Athletic explains…

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