Three of the biggest online bookmakers have cut the odds on Gareth Bale returning to his old club Tottenham before the end of the summer transfer window.
The Welshman was as long as 3/1 at the end of last week but by Monday his odds with both Paddy Power and Betfair had come in to 5/4, while William Hill now have him at 11/10 to be lining out for Spurs again in the near future.
Other top betting apps such as Bet365 and Betway have taken down their market on Bale’s future as they look to revise their odds in the wake of a fresh spate of speculation linking him with a move away from Real Madrid.
In an interview with Sky Sports last week, Bale claimed the La Liga outfit were being “very difficult” about offloading him from their wage bill, despite manager Zinedine Zidane openly encouraging the 31-year-old to move on.
Bale’s enormous earnings – reportedly worth over €600k a week before tax – is clearly a major stumbling block, but momentum is building behind the rumours Jose Mourinho wants to bring him ‘home’.
They’re clear frontrunners in the betting on Bale’s future, with Manchester United the next club in line at 7/1, though ay 11/2 ‘Any MLS Club’ is considered more likely than an Old Trafford move.
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Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson accepts that any move for Bale – even a loan deal – would be very difficult for the club to pull off, but he can’t help but get excited at the thought of his return.
“I think it would be brilliant,” he told bookmakers.co.uk. “It would be a fantastic move for the club and for Bale, but it’s going to be a very, very difficult one to pull off.
“He’s in a bit of a stalemate at Real Madrid but I can think of a lot of reasons why he won’t be moving anywhere. He’s certainly not on a wage that would fit Tottenham’s structure, there would have to be a lot of manoeuvring and the deal would need to be cleverly constructed.
“But for football players in general, we’re being deprived of watching one of the world’s best players. Relationships at Real Madrid have obviously broken down and he’s nowhere near Zidane’s thoughts for the squad, but it’s difficult for him to move on when he’s earning the money that he’s on, particularly at his age.
“He’s 31 now and although he’s not going to demand that sort of money in his next move, he’s still earning a vast amount of money. But, as I said, we’re being deprived of seeing one of the world’s best players play in what could be the peak of his career.”
Interestingly, William Hill offer 25/1 on Bale moving to any Chinese Super League side, a huge price considering Bale came close to joining Jiangsu Suning in the summer of 2019 before Madrid allegedly pulled the plug.
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