After years of rumours regarding a return to north London for the Wales international, it’s finally about to happen – and he’s not coming back alone.
His Real Madrid teammate Sergio Reguilon is also on the verge of completing a move to Spurs after talks over a double deal were ramped up ahead of the Europa League qualifier against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
In fact, the transfer negotiations have reached such a stage that Spurs are preparing to announce both deals before they face Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.
Bale’s return will be a season-long loan deal and the clubs have no come to an agreement whereby Los Blancos subsidise some of his wages during his temporary spell.
That split is understood to be 60-40 in favour of Madrid, with Spurs paying around 40% of his wages while on loan.
Whilst Spurs fans are most likely counting down the hours until Bale’s return is announced, Mourinho isn’t getting ahead of himself just yet.
Speaking after his side’s 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv, the Spurs head coach refused to confirm or deny if a deal for Bale was close to completion.
“I cannot comment, I don’t comment on something that I don’t know,” Mourinho said in his post-match press conference.
“For me, at this moment, until I’m told Gareth Bale is a Tottenham player, I still think and feel and respect the fact that he’s a Real Madrid player, so I’m not going to comment on a Real Madrid player.”
Could it really happen? Could Gareth Bale return to Tottenham?
It could happen Tottenham fans, football.london sources say the club are exploring a loan deal with Real Madrid.
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On the other hand, Reguilon will move to north London on a permanent deal, thought to be in the region of £27million.
Although Real Madrid have insisted on having a buy-back option in the deal.
Reports have suggested that buyback clause is for around £10million more than the initial fee, so £37million and it has been reported that it will remain in place for two years