Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he would welcome the idea of bringing Gareth Bale from Real Madrid back to White Hart Lane, amid speculation that the club have a buy-back clause on the Welsh star.
Sports website Football Leaks have published what they claim to be leaked documents from Bale's record 2013 summer transfer, with his former club allegedly entitled to first option on him should Real Madrid choose to sell.
As long as this happened before June 30, 2019, were Madrid to receive an acceptable bid for Bale, Spurs would then have 72 hours to match the offer and if they can, Madrid would have to sell the forward back to his former club.
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Commenting on these rumours, Pochettino openly admitted that Bale would be a welcome addition to the Tottenham squad.
"I think if we have the option to sign him - why not?" said the Argentinian. "He's a great player and a player that can improve our squad."
Is it likely?
Bale is reportedly happy at Madrid and determined to make his time in Spain an unqualified success.
Meanwhile, Madrid have just been sanctioned with a two-window transfer ban, starting in the summer, and will obviously be reluctant to sell any of their best players anytime soon.
Were Bale to actively pursue a return to the Premier League, it is unlikely a return to Tottenham would be his first choice.
Though Spurs are thriving under Pochettino - they currently sit fourth in the league, just five points off the top - it is highly unlikely they could afford Bale and a move to Manchester United, who tried to sign the Welshman back in 2013, seems far more likely.
Having moved into the FA Cup fourth-round last night, after a 2-0 win over Leicester City, Spurs will aim to continue their recent momentum when they travel to play Crystal Palace this Saturday.
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