Jose Mourinho sent Man Utd and Arsenal warning over Tottenham’s Gareth Bale transfer swoop
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has been warned against signing Gareth Bale from Real Madrid before Friday’s 11pm transfer deadline. Express Sport understands Spurs are working around the clock to negotiate a permanent deal to bring Bale back to the club this week.
The Real Madrid forward, who spent six years of his career with the north London outfit before an £85million move to Spain, has long been subject of transfer speculation.
Madrid have sought to offload the £650,000-a-week winger for the last 12 months with injuries having limited his impact in recent seasons, and hampered his entire La Liga career.
But despite his fitness woes, Mourinho is working on bringing the 30-year-old back to the Premier League – though his massive salary presents a problem, with Bale under contract until June 2022.
And former English top-flight shot-stopper Hislop has warned Mourinho away from a high-profile swoop for Bale – highlighting the problems that have been created at Manchester United and Arsenal by having one player on massive wages.
Mesut Ozil, for the Gunners, and Alexis Sanchez, for the Red Devils, were both handed pay packets that dwarfed that of their team-mates and both clubs are still dealing with the ramifications of their costly decisions.
With Spurs linked with an abundance of players of late, Hislop said on ESPN FC: “Maybe because it’s Jose Mourinho, we know he likes to dabble in the transfer market and Spurs, as much as anybody, need players, especially given their own inconsistencies.
“Despite those inconsistencies, top four is still within touching distance. Gareth Bale to Spurs has been linked and talked about for quite some time.
“I still feel getting Gareth Bale out of Real Madrid is complicated. It’s not just about money – money’s a big part of it but it’s a very complicated transfer to put together.
“Given his age, gone 30, to put him on that kind of money, as we saw with the likes of Alexis Sanchez at United and Ozil at Arsenal, when you have one player on that money and you try to attract more world-class talent, they all say, ‘Well I want this as well.’
“That becomes an issue. Bale to Spurs? I’m going to say no, just because I feel it’s harder to achieve than it is.”
Bale joined Spurs from Southampton in 2007 and after initially struggling, soon blossomed into one of the club’s best-ever players.
Growing from a left-back into a deadly winger, he finished with 56 goals and 58 assists in 203 appearances for Spurs, winning the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award twice.
The Wales international, who has captained his country, has since spent seven years in Madrid, where he has won one La Liga title, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League four times.
But he is not fancied by Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane, despite his achievements for the club, including a brace off the bench in their Champions League final win over Liverpool in May 2018.
Bale almost left for the Chinese Super League in a £1m-a-week deal last summer though his switch to Jiangsu Suning fell through because Real did not want to let the player leave for free.
He has since been tipped to depart Madrid on loan, though his agent Jonathan Barnett batted away such suggestions last week.
Speaking in north London after a meeting of the Association of Football Agents, Barnett said: “He’s got another two-and-a-half years left on his contract, and he’s fine.
“He will be there [in Madrid], everything will be fine. That’s what I’ve always said. I’ve never deviated from that.
“Things could change but loans are ridiculous. Not many clubs can afford him anyway. He’s happy, and hopefully, win a couple more things with them.
“He’s one of the best players on earth, why would he go somewhere on loan? That’s ridiculous.”
Bale has three goals and two assists in 15 games this season and 105 strikes and 67 assists in 246 matches across his Real Madrid career.
But Bale angered Madrid fans earlier this season after he celebrated Wales’ qualification for Euro 2020 with his team-mates by holding up a banner that read: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.”
The player has faced regular criticism suggesting that he is more passionate about golf than football, having even been nicknamed ‘The Golfer’ by his club team-mates.
Asked about that nickname back in September, Bale laughed: “I am a golfer. Have you not seen the pictures? I spoke to him [Thibaut Courtois] about it and he said it as a joke.
“People took it out of context but I’m very happy with the nickname, to be honest. It’s a great one. Football is my No 1 sport. I’m paid to do it and I always give my best.
“Golf is a hobby like anyone else would have a hobby. There is nothing wrong with having a round. People make a lot of it but a lot of footballers play it and it’s one thing I really enjoy. It keeps me calmer off the pitch and gives me time away from football, which is nice.”