Tottenham Hotspur were linked with an audacious January transfer deadline day move for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale.
According to The Times, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was in Madrid for talks with president Florentino Pérez in order to bring the Welshman back to North London prior to last Friday’s 11pm deadline.
However, nothing materialized.
Bale left Tottenham for Madrid in the summer of 2013 for a then world-record fee of £85 million, and has since established himself as one of the best players on the planet, winning four Champions League titles and a La Liga title.
The Wales international, 30, currently earns £500,000 a week at Madrid and has two years left on his current deal.
He was linked with a move to China last summer and it will be interesting to see where he goes once he leaves the Santiago Bernabeu.
A return to Tottenham doesn’t appear to be on the cards, though, with his agent Jonathan Barnett ruling one out.
NEXT: Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett joins Alan & Jamie!
Join us as they ask him:
✅ Did Spurs really try to sign Bale?
✅ How many offers were there for Bale?
✅ How long will Bale stay in Spain?
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 3, 2020
Jamie O’Hara asked him on talkSPORT (at 09.42am): “Can you see him back at Spurs?”
And Barnett replied: “I don’t think so, no.”
Bale scored 55 goals in 203 appearances during the six seasons he spent at White Hart Lane, making the PFA Team of the Year in each of his last three seasons and emerging as the PFA Players’ Player of the Year twice.