Liverpool have sensationally been reported as one of several Premier League clubs currently monitoring the transfer situation of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, claims journalist Graeme Bailey.
Bale, 31, is currently pushing for a move away from Madrid following a seven-year spell at the club that has seen four Champions League, two La Liga and three Club World Cup triumphs.
Gareth Bale open to idea of returning to Premier League this summer…with Real Madrid ready to fund big portion of wages. Daniel Levy told Jose Mourinho in November, when he arrived, that he could have him. Man United and even Liverpool keeping an eye on the situation…
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) September 15, 2020
The Wales international moved to Spain following a then-world record £85m deal in 2013 and has since scored more than 100 goals for the 13-time European Cup winners.
BBC Sport report that Tottenham are currently in talks to re-sign the Welshman with Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett claiming that a return to north London is where Bale ‘wants to be’.
If Bale is to return to the Premier League then a loan deal looks the most viable option at the moment, although a permanent transfer has not been ruled out with Real keen to recover costs as they look to offload their highest earner.
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Bale’s salary is perhaps the biggest hurdle for Spurs to overcome – he still has two years left on his current contract which is thought to be worth £600,000-a-week, the BBC report.
Jurgen Klopp has also been touted with a move for the former Southampton prodigy although we cannot see anything materialising from Liverpool’s end.
Instant reaction: The instant reaction here is that this would be a big disappointment if Bale turned out to be a genuine target for the Reds.
Bale is 31-years-old and his best years, it seems, are behind him. Liverpool should be looking at another up and coming star full of potential rather than the Wales national team skipper.
Also, his arrival would cause a huge financial rupture in terms of wages. He earns an astronomical amount at Real Madrid, and even if Liverpool paid just 50 per cent of his salary, he would still become the team’s highest earners – ahead of Mohamed Salah who is currently the top earner at Anfield [Spotrac].
Another major reason to avoid such a deal is Bale’s previously concerning fitness record. Injuries have blighted his career over the past couple of years, to the point that he has not reached 30 La Liga games in any of his last five seasons at Real Madrid.
A serial winner
We all know what a good player Bale has been over the past decade following his excursions in the English and Spanish capital over the previous decade.
After-all, lets not forget that Bale is a four-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid. And who can forget his spectacular bicycle kick to break Liverpool hearts during the European Cup final in Kiev two years ago.
He is also a proven commodity in the Premier League, previously excelling at Tottenham, scoring 21 goals in 33 games in 2012/13, and so he knows what is expected, and what is required to succeed in the world’s most competitive league.
There’s a chance if he comes to the Premier League he will tear it up again, although the player’s services will not be utilised at Anfield.
We believe this is a story that will receive little traction from Liverpool supporters as when you consider the age and financial aspects, a move for Bale just wouldn’t make sense.
Here are a selected number of responses from Kopites who also share our reluctance to add fuel to the fire regarding a Liverpool and Bale potential transfer saga…
— Karim🇪🇬🇫🇮🇸🇪 (@Vintage_LFC) September 16, 2020
His wages would be through the roof
— Anthony (@dickson87) September 15, 2020
As much as I like him ( being welsh an all ) , he’s too expensive temperamental and injury prone so it won’t be happening if you think about it logically 🙂 back to spurs he will go if anywhere 🙂
— Robert Durbin (@DurbinDurb) September 15, 2020
Nonsense. Can think of few footballers less mentally suited to working under Klopp.
— graham foster (@graz0235) September 15, 2020
Not even a chance.
Let's not start another emotional marathon.
— Chimezie Okeke (@okekemezie1) September 16, 2020
— Channers (@Channers17) September 15, 2020
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