In a transfer saga that refuses to be silenced despite Real Madrid’s earnest insistence that Gareth Bale is not for sale, the Welshman’s former club can potentially enter the fray.
As per the Mirror, in the then world record move from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a neat sum of £85 million, the London club managed to sneak in a clause that can now work to their favor should they choose to pursue the services of the top rated forward for the second time.
However, the clause is not the traditional ‘buy back’ one that most clubs employ especially when selling young talents for a decent amount.
In this case, the clause will stipulate that Mauricio Pochettino and company will have the ‘first option’ and can match a bid put up by a rival Premier League club.
Essentially, if a potential bid is put up by Manchester United and subsequently accepted by the Spanish giants, then Tottenham will have 72 hours to match the bid and secure the services of their former star man.
This clause is set to expire in June of 2019. The modern contract negotiations are riddled with such aspects, which ensure that profit can be reaped even years into the future.
With the London club yet to purchase any players this summer, fans will be hopeful that a signing will be made. As a result of his brilliant antics at White Hart Lane, supporters may have realistic expectations that the club will seek to utilize this opportunity within the seasons to come.
Will the renovated White Hart Lane see the return of its young prodigy? Or will the forward remain content with his injury-riddled journey in Spain, that despite all odds, has seen him enjoy multiple UEFA Champions League successes?
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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