Why Spurs should return for Bale

Tottenham Hotspur
Gareth Bale on Bayern Munich radar.

As we edge closer to the end of the summer transfer window, it still remains unclear as to where Real Madrid's Gareth Bale will be playing his football.

The incredible soap opera continues at the Bernabeu, with Zinedine Zidane taking the unprecedented step of almost pushing the Welsh ace out of the exit door.

Bale, through his agent, claims he is not planning to leave Madrid this summer, despite facing the prospect of sitting on the sidelines for the whole season.

The 30-year-old’s hugely lucrative move to China fell through and now Los Blancos are stuck with a player they clearly don’t want, but a simultaneously, can’t allow to leave on the cheap.

A combination of the asking price and the player’s significant wages seem to be putting off a number of Europe’s top clubs, but a return to the Premier League still looks to be a possibility.

We understand Tottenham have first option on their former player, who enjoyed six years at White Hart Lane – scoring 42 goals in over 140 appearances.

The transfer fee is likely to prove a stumbling block for Spurs, but it certainly would be worth pushing the boat out to persuade Bale on a North London return. It probably wouldn’t even take much coercion to tempt him, as the Welshman has hardly hidden his affection for his former club.

What a statement it would be for Tottenham to break their transfer record to sign a four-time Champions League winner and a real signal of intent to push Manchester City and Liverpool for the title.

Many would also argue that Mauricio Pochettino is missing a driving force going forward. Spurs clearly have a lot of attacking talent, but don’t have many players who can run at opponents with real pace.

Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura are the closest type of player they have to Bale, but neither can deliver the ammunition that the Wales international could supply for Harry Kane.

It would also fire a warning to their Premier League rivals that they can compete, both on the pitch and – perhaps more significantly – in the transfer market.

Having shown their quality on the biggest stage – the Champions League – Tottenham have shown they deserve to be among Europe’s hierarchy.

The question many Spurs fans will ask though, is whether Daniel Levy has the ambition to match the hopes of the supporters and whether they can build a world-class squad to match their world-class stadium.