Bale’s Time Appears To Be Up
Real Madrid could try and tempt Tottenham Hotspur to part with Christian Eriksen by using Gareth Bale as part of any deal.
Bale has disappointed this season having failed to adequately replace Cristiano Ronaldo following the Portugese legend’s move to Juventus last summer.
The Welshman has scored just seven goals in 21 La Liga appearances so far this season. That’s well down on the 16 goals he hit in 26 league games last season. His average so far is one for every 189 minutes on the pitch against one for every 110 minutes in 2017-18. He was substituted after an hour of last night’s El Clasico defeat to Barcelona – a result that practically ends their slight hopes of capturing the La Liga title.
Real president Florentino Perez bought Bale in 2013 with the long-term view that he wouldn’t need to buy another star name to eventually replace Ronaldo. But he is rumoured to be looking at a potential sale this summer.
Real have been linked with Christian Eriksen and the Sunday Mirror claims they could offer Bale plus £50million in cash to tempt Spurs to part with the Denmark international.
Eriksen is out of contract next season and has stalled on putting pen to paper on a new deal.
The La Liga giants are also eyeing up Eden Hazard of Chelsea who is also out of contract in 2020. But £50million plus Bale sounds high – although their experience of dealing with Spurs chief Daniel Levy would suggest they may have to go high in order to avoid a long, drawn-out negotiation.
One major stumbling block could be Bale’s wages. He earns around £350,000 a week at Real Madrid and he would have to take a pay cut of well over 50 per cent if he moves back to north London.