Tottenham Hotspur are in talks to re-sign forward Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, and are closing in on a deal for Sergio Reguilon.
Gareth Bale, 31, left Spurs to join Real Madrid for a then world record £85m in 2013 and has since scored more than 100 goals and won four Champions League titles.
“Gareth still loves Spurs,” his agent Jonathan Barnett told BBC Sport Wales.
“It’s where he wants to be.”
Both Gareth Bale and left-back Sergio Reguilon had been linked with Manchester United.
Spain international Sergio Reguilon, 23, came through the youth set-up at Real and made his first-team debut in October 2018.
Manchester United spoke to Real Madrid about him but were put off by the Spanish giants’ insistence on a buyback clause.
That has allowed Tottenham Hotspur to step in, and the expectation is he will now join Jose Mourinho’s squad.
Where Gareth Bale is concerned, a loan looks likeliest at the moment, although a permanent transfer has not been ruled out with Real Madrid keen to recover costs as they look to offload their highest earner.
Bale’s salary is perhaps the biggest hurdle for Spurs to overcome – he still has two years left on a contract which is thought to be worth about £600,000 a week.
United have long been linked with the Welshman, and he had been seen as a potential target should they fail to sign England international Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
Tottenham Hotspur, however, have an emotional pull for a player they signed as a 17-year-old from Southampton and helped develop into one of the world’s best.
Bale was hugely successful in his first few seasons at Real, scoring in the 2014 and 2018 Champions League finals as well as the 2014 Copa del Rey final.
But his star has faded in the past couple of years after a run of injuries, indifferent form and a fractious relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane.
Gareth Bale started just one match when the 2019-20 La Liga season resumed, playing a mere 100 minutes as Real clinched a first title since 2017, and was conspicuously on the fringes of the team’s celebrations.
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