But most of the clubs below them would love to take the risk if they could afford the transfer fee and wages.
Manchester United looks like the best fit for him. They’ve tried to sign him before and it didn’t come off, but he’s always felt like their kind of player.
They will be on a rebuild next season and there could be lots of ins and outs at Old Trafford. They are also one of the only teams who could afford him.
“I don’t think Gareth Bale wins you the title if you’re United”
It’s probably worth the gamble if you’re United. But I don’t think Gareth Bale wins you the title if you’re United. They need more than that.
I’m sure Tottenham fans would love to have him back. But with their money situation and the new stadium to finance there it would be a big problem for them.
When was the last time Spurs invested big money in a player who’s going to be 30 this year?
Maybe if they don’t finish in the top four and they’re under pressure from the fans to take a gamble but it’s not really Daniel Levy’s way is it?
Bale’s potential move back to the Premier League comes amid news that:
I’m sure Mauricio Pochettino could find room for him. He wouldn’t be a big ego rocking the boat in the dressing room. He’s too down to earth for that.
But the sums just don’t add up for Spurs.
Bale would be brilliant at Chelsea as well but that all depends on their transfer embargo. If it’s delayed could they do some kind of swap with Eden Hazard?
I think Hazard is going to Real Madrid. He would have signed a new contract by now otherwise. But Bale would not be a bad replacement, would he?
I think he suits Arsenal down to the ground as well. If they could get him in and get Mesut Ozil out they’ve had a big result.
But would he be interested in Arsenal? Would he want to join them? They’re miles away from winning the title and it would not go down well with Spurs fans.
If Bale does come back and he manages to stay fit he would be up there with the best players in the Premier League.
There’s no doubt about that. Whoever gets him would be getting a special player.
I wonder what Gareth actually wants. He’s too young to go to America, and there aren’t many top, top clubs around Europe genuinely in with a shot of winning their league who would take him.
He can’t go to Juventus because of Cristiano Ronaldo and there’s no point going somewhere else in Italy just to be an also-ran.
This is a guy who’s won the Champions League four times, who’s used to scoring big goals in the biggest games around.
I’m sure he’d love to stay in Spain where you only have to play about four really hard games a season. There’s 38 of them in England.
But moving back to the Premier League would mean moving closer to home and that might appeal.
I think he’s been a bit harshly treated in Madrid. You forget how good he is. No-one complained about him not speaking the language when they were winning did they?
Now it’s all his fault? I don’t think so. His problem is that he’s had to live in Ronaldo’s shadow for years and that is not easy.
I hope when he does leave people will look back on his time in Spain and realise what a massive success he’s been over there. He deserves that.