The implications of Brexit could result in Tottenham Hotspur signing Gareth Bale for a lower fee than expected.
Bale’s return to Spurs hasn’t panned out in the way many had envisaged, with the Welshman struggling for starts in the side and suffering injury setbacks.
The majority of his limited appearances have come as a substitute and the 31-year-old has not hit the heights manager Jose Mourinho had expected.
Bale is set to return to parent club Real Madrid at the end of the season, who are expected to offload their club-record signing.
But Los Blancos could find it extremely difficult to get Bale off their books as a result of disappointing displays coupled with restrictive Brexit laws.
Having not been registered as a La Liga player this season, Bale will return to the Spanish capital as a non-EU player. This would result in the 31-year-old occupying one of Madrid’s three non-EU players permitted by La Liga in matchday squads, limiting the club’s ability in the transfer market.
Bale’s contract with the Spanish side is due to expire in June 2022, and leaves manager Zinedine Zidane facing a dilemma.
Toni Roca, director of the Sports Law Institute, suggests that the likely route out of the situation could result in a contract termination.
“In France, Italy or Germany, to name a few major leagues, Bale is a non-EU member. And seeing his performance and wages, it seems difficult for any great [club] to bet on him,” Roca told Spanish outlet AS.
“Right now, the only option that seems viable in the event of a transfer is return to the United Kingdom. Another legal alternative? Surely a contract termination, but that would also imply a very high cost. It is not easy at all.”
Should this occur, Tottenham could secure the services of the Cardiff-born forward on a free transfer and would only have to overcome wage demands.
Bale’s current deal at Madrid sees him earn €15million per year.
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