Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United currently lead the hunt to sign Gareth Bale during this summer’s upcoming transfer window, according to British bookmakers Betfair.

Bale, who has become the object of abuse for a section of Real Madrid fans over the course of the season, has seen his future in Spain called further into question after yesterday’s surprise announcement on the return of Zinedine Zidane to the club, merely ten months after the Frenchman’s departure.

By all accounts, little love has been lost between Zidane and Bale over the years but the two had at least learned to tolerate each other, particularly as success rained down on Los Blancos whilst they reeled in four Champions Leagues over the last five years.

However, Zidane’s return to management has been interpreted by a number of commentators as likely the last straw for Bale in what has been a difficult, frustrating and now trophy-less season since the departure of both Ronaldo and Zidane last summer.

UK Return Seen as Inevitable

British commentators appear to have developed a consensus that the Welsh Wizard is on his way back to the UK, with bettors in particular pouring in behind a return to Spurs – priced at odds of 15/2 by Betfair.

However, with a market value estimated at around £65m, Tottenham would need to dig deep to bring Bale back to North London, far exceeding the £40m paid by the club for their current record signing, Davinson Sanchez, in 2017 – and such a fee may be a tad too high for a player soon hitting 30, particularly for a club which has a history of selling world class players as opposed to buying them, indicating potential value territory for a lay on the same outcome.

That may also be the reason why punters see Manchester United as the leading contender to bring Bale back to the UK, at odds of 9/4 with both Betfair and Paddy Power.

However, at the time of writing there has been no formal interest expressed by either club in the Welshman, nor has Bale provided any indication on his own thoughts on his future.