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Gareth Bale is “close” to a sealing a sensational move back to Tottenham but the deal is “complicated”, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett said on Wednesday.

The Wales international has been frozen out by Real manager
Zinedine Zidane and he said earlier this month he was open to returning to the
Premier League.

Manchester United have also expressed an interest in Bale
but they see him as more of a back-up option behind other targets, including
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.

That has left Spurs in pole position to sign Bale, who left
the club for a then world-record fee of £85 million in 2013.

When asked about Tottenham’s move for Bale, Barnett told
AFP: “It’s close but not done.” He added: “It’s a complicated
deal.”

Bale has two years left on a contract that pays him around
30 million euros a year at Real Madrid.

Los Blancos are pushing for a permanent transfer that could
see Tottenham pay next to nothing up front for the 31-year-old, with various
performance-related bonuses added on.

Spurs would prefer a loan move that involves Madrid covering
a portion of the 31-year-old’s wages. “No problems, the clubs are
negotiating,” added Barnett.

Bale has won the Champions League four times and won two La
Liga titles during his time in Spain, but his turbulent relationship with
Zidane has seen his role significantly reduced in recent years.

He started just one match when the 2019-20 season resumed
after the coronavirus hiatus and caused a stir with his behaviour while he
watched on in the stands.

Bale almost joined Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning
last year before Madrid pulled the plug on the deal and he has accused the club
of making it “very difficult” to leave.

The winger still has an emotional attachment to Tottenham
after joining the club from Southampton as a teenager, when he developed into
one of the world’s most exciting forwards.

Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, who managed Bale for four
years at Tottenham, said he would bring “that little bit of magic” to
Mourinho’s side, who lost their first game of the Premier League season to
Everton.

“It would be a fantastic signing for the club,” Redknapp told BBC Radio Wales. “It would be great for Gareth to get back playing again. He’s such a talent, such a great player. It’s a waste to see him not playing.”

Sergio Reguilon deal close

Tottenham are also close to completing the signing of Real
Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon for around €30 million euros.

The 23-year-old enjoyed an excellent season for Madrid in
2018-19 but Zidane sent the 23-year-old on loan last year to Sevilla, where he
helped them finish fourth in La Liga and win the Europa League.

Madrid want a buy-back clause inserted into the deal, which
would allow them to re-sign Reguilon from Spurs in the next two years.

Abdul Gh Lone

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