Gareth Bale has reportedly undergone a medical at Real Madrid’s training ground Valdebebas ahead of his proposed return to Tottenham. The two clubs are said to be close to concluding a deal which will see the Welshman return to north London on an initial loan worth a total of just under £20million.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was keen for a permanent deal but as it stands, Tottenham are prepared to settle for a loan before assessing the picture at the end of the season.
The move has materialised quickly given that many suggested it was so difficult to do due to Bale’s £600,000-a-week salary.
Yet it now seems Real Madrid are ready to pay half of that to get the 31-year-old off their books as he looks to get his career back on track.
Bale is currently waiting for the green light to travel to London to put the finishing touches on his sensational return to the Premier League.
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His Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Reguilon is set to join him at Tottenham and the left-back is in England for his medical which should take place today.
Jose Mourinho remained tight-lipped when quizzed on the club’s interest in Bale yesterday but did admit he is a big fan of the winger and tried to sign him during his time as Manchester United boss.
“He is a Real Madrid player and I don’t comment on players from other clubs. I have to respect that. It’s better not to speak,” Mourinho said.
“I tried to sign him for Real Madrid, which was not possible to do during my time there. But the president followed my instinct and my knowledge and the season I left he brought Gareth to the club. It’s not a secret, even Gareth knows that.”