The coronavirus has taken a lot of professional football, but still enough players are being transferred this summer. Even now that the first round in the Eredivisie is over, football players are still changing from club. Telesport puts the most important news in a row.
The first transfer period ran from 1 July to 21 July this year. The second is open on 3 August and lasts until 5 October. This is because several European competitions due to corona ended a lot later and clubs have to pass on their European football selections to UEFA on 6 October. Normally, the transfer market closes on 31 August.
TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER
City buys defender Fofana for over 40 million euros
21.25 hours: Leicester City has joined Wesley Fofana. The 19-year-old defender comes across from Saint-Étienne, which receives over 40 million euros for him.
Fofana still needs medical examination, says Leicester City. The French defender arrived five years ago in the youth training of Saint-Étienne. He is seen in France as one of the greatest talents of his generation.
Leicester City has started the season well. After three duels, the club is still in the Premier League without losing points.
Consolation Ekong to Watford
18.42 pm: William Troost-Ekong continues his career at Watford, England. He signed a five-year contract with the club that demoted from the Premier League last season.
The 27-year-old Troost-Ekong was born in Haarlem, the son of a Dutch mother and Nigerian father. The defender played in the past seasons for Udinese in Serie A. Troost-Ekong is international of the Nigerian national football team.
The defender played in the Netherlands for FC Groningen and FC Dordrecht.
MONDAY 27 SEPTEMBER
Eintracht confirms arrival Hrustic of FC Groningen
21.25 hrs: Ajdin Hrustic leaves FC Groningen for Eintracht Frankfurt. The midfielder from Australia has signed a three-year contract, reports his new German club.
The 24-year-old Hrustic came to FC Groningen four years ago. Eintracht Frankfurt pays about EUR 1 million for him, as several media know.
Union Berlin hires goalkeeper Karius of Liverpool
18.24 hours: Goalkeeper Loris Karius continues his career at 1 FC Union Berlin in the Bundesliga. The 27-year-old goalkeeper arrives on a rental basis from Liverpool, where he lost playing time after his blunders two years ago in the Champions League final against Real Madrid (1-3).
Karius has to compete with Andreas Luthe at Union Berlin. Liverpool has rented the German goalkeeper to the Turkish Besiktas for the past two seasons.
First Israeli footballer under contract at Arab club
13.38 hours: For the first time in history, an Arab club has signed an Israeli footballer. Diaa Sabia, a 28-year-old attacking midfielder, moves for 2.5 million euros from Guangzhou R&F, the Chinese club of trainer Giovanni van Bronckhorst, to Al-Nasr.
The football club from the capital Dubai of the United Arab Emirates has already put online footage of Sabia at the Al-Maktoum Stadium. The footballer was born in northern Israel and is of Palestinian origin.
The special transfer appears to be a direct result of the agreements recently concluded between Israel on the one hand and the Gulf States of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates on the other. Under the watchful eye of US President Donald Trump, Arab countries normalized their relationship with Israel.
Sabia is tenfold international of the Israeli national team.
Manchester City buys Portuguese defender Dias from Benfica
10:14 hours Manchester City takes over central defender Rúben Dias from Benfica. The English top club pays 68 million euros for the Portuguese international plus a bonus of 3.6 million euros.
At the same time, defender Nicolás Otamendi is taking the opposite route for an amount of EUR 15 million. The 32-year-old Argentine played five seasons for City.
Dias (23) has been playing in Benfica‘s main power since 2017. He was the base player in the Portuguese team last year in the Nations League against Orange finals and was then named man of the match.
With the million-dollar deal, the English top club hopes to solve its defensive problems. On Sunday, the team of trainer Pep Guardiola went down hard in the Premier League against Leicester City (2-5).
FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER
Footballer Candreva swaps Inter for Sampdoria
19.00 hours: Antonio Candreva swaps Inter for Sampdoria. Both clubs from the Italian Serie A announced that the 33-year-old player, who played 54 times for the Italian national team, signed a contract in Genoa until the summer of 2024.
Candreva has fourfor years at Inter, before that the midfielder was active for Lazio for three seasons. Inter saw Diego Goddess leave this week. The 34-year-old Uruguayan defender, best known for his years at Atletico Madrid, signed a two-year contract with Cagliari.
Hodt stands for return at Lazio
18.58: Wesley Hodt stands for a return to Lazio. The 26-year-old defender is stuck at Southampton for two more years, but has no future at the English Premier League club. Lazio is tight in the defenders and sees in Hodt a suitable addition to the selection of trainer Simone Inzaghi.
“ Wesley knows the club and our way of working,” Inzaghi said Friday. “He hasn’t played for a long time, but with him we can rotate more.”
Hodt played with Lazio between 2015 and 2017, after having broken through at AZ. In Italian service, the Noord-Hollander even managed to get Orange. In recent years, the six-time international played on a rental basis for Celta de Vigo and Antwerp.
THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
Goddess from Inter to Cagliari
00.00 hours: Cagliari takes over Diego Godin from Internazionale. The 34-year-old Uruguayan defender signed a two-year contract with the Italian club.
Godín only played one season for Inter. Before that, he played with Atlético Madrid for nine years and before that with Villarreal.
Trainer Bosz brings former PSV Arias to Bayer Leverkusen
17:45 hours Bayer Leverkusen has strengthened himself with Santiago Arias. The 28-year-old Colombian international comes across from Atlético Madrid, which first rents Arias for a year and then possibly wants to sell it permanently.
“ With Arias we have brought in a very experienced player,” says Rudi Völler, sports director at Leverkusen, the club of Dutch trainer Peter Bosz. “With the full competition program, this transfer was very important for the balance in our team.”
Arias played football for PSV from 2013 to 2018, which then sold him to Atlético. Arias was champion with PSV three times and won the Johan Cruijff Schaal twice. He is 53-fold international and played with Colombia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
FC Utrecht by with his own talent St. Jago
12.22 p.m.: The contract of Tommy St. Jago at FC Utrecht has been opened and extended for two years. As a result, the 20-year-old defender from Utrecht is now locked up until mid-2024.
St. Jago started his tenth season as a player of FC Utrecht. At the start of the new season, the defender, who has completed the full youth education, acquired a base place in the main power. His basic turn against VVV-Venlo was his first in an Eredivisie competition. Previously, he also fell in once at the first.
St. Jago is a former youth international of Oranje Under 18 and Oranje Under 17 and has played 28 matches in the Keuken Champion Division with Jong FC Utrecht. “Tommy has taken huge steps in his development over the past period,” says technical director Jordy Zuidam of FC Utrecht. “He is a real Utrechtse boy from our own education and has shown to play with guts. Tommy is a reliable defender with speed and has a good playing pass in the legs. We are happy to have been able to tie him to FC Utrecht for longer and we have a lot of faith in Tommy and our future together.”
Chelsea catches bum Kepa with arrival Mendy
11.53 a.m.: Chelsea has his new goalkeeper in. The Senegalese international Édouard Mendy (28) comes across from the French team Stade Rennes. Chelsea needed an extra goalkeeper, especially after the last few weeks of Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The 25-year-old Spaniard, who came to London for 80 million euros two years ago, went wrong in the first league match of the season against Brighton and he also blundered against Liverpool on Sunday.
Petr Cech, former goalkeeper and now technical advisor to Chelsea, advised trainer Frank Lampard to get Mendy. “Petr was the best goalkeeper in the world, so his input is important,” said Lampard, who, as announced earlier, puts reserve keeper Willy Caballero under the bar in the League Cup match against Barnsley on Wednesday. Hakim Ziyech isn‘t fit enough to play.
WEDNESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER
FC Groningen captures Slovak talent Suslov until mid-2025
19.41 hrs: FC Groningen has great expectations of Slovak football talent Tomas Suslov. The club has established the 18-year-old youth international for the next five years. He is under contract with the Groningen until mid-2025. Suslov has been out for the main power of trainer Danny Buijs three times and the young attacker even managed to score once.
“ In the relatively short period that Tomas is now in Groningen, he has experienced a good and rapid development and showed aboutvery specific qualities,” says technical director Mark-Jan Fledderus about Suslov. “He is a player who has a special eye for the game, is skillful at the ball and has scoring ability.”
Wolverhampton Wanderers takes over Semedo from FC Barcelona
11.44 a.m.: Wolverhampton Wanderers takes over Portuguese Nélson Semedo from FC Barcelona. The 26-year right-back signed a contract in England until mid-2023, with an option for an extension of two seasons.
“ It’s not often that we get the opportunity to attract a world-class player from a world-class club,” said Jeff Shi, president of the Wolves. “Attracting Nélson indicates that we want to continue to make progress.”
Semedo, accounting for thirteen interlands, played three seasons for FC Barcelona. The Spaniards took him over from Benfica three years ago.
At the Wolves Semedo becomes teammate of Ki-Jana Whoe, who was recently taken over from Liverpool.
PSV has third goalkeeper within
10.23 hours: PSV has captured the German goalkeeper Vincent Müller. The 20-year-old goalkeeper comes over from Würzburger Kickers, which is at the second level of Germany.
Leeds reaches Spanish defender
08:58: Leeds United has added Diego Llorente to the selection. The current employer of the Spanish defender, Real Sociedad, says that he will immediately switch to the Premier League.
According to British media, the 27-year-old player would cost more than 20 million euros for Leeds returned to the Premier League. The deal is subject to a successful outcome of Llorente‘s medical test in England.
Llorente came to Sociedad in 2017, before that he played for Real Madrid.
TUESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER
Juventus confirms return Morata
00.38 hours: Alvaro Morata returns to Juventus. The champion of Italy rents the Spanish striker initially a season of Atletico Madrid, for an amount of 10 million euros. Juventus can then finally take over him for 45 million euros.
The 27-year-old Spaniard played for Juventus between 2014 and 2016. He won two national titles with the ‘Old Dame‘, but did not go beyond fifteen goals in Serie A. Morata then returned to Real Madrid. The striker moved to Chelsea in 2017, but moved back to Madrid in early 2019. This time the 33-fold international (seventeen goals) went for Atletico football. Morata scored 12 goals in La Liga last season.
Juventus needs a rush hour after Gonzalo Higuain’s departure. The club of Matthijs de Lit and Cristiano Ronaldo first tried with Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) and Luis Suarez, but the Uruguayan striker of Barcelona seems to be moving to Atletico.
Javi Martinez leaves Bayern Munich at 22.06 after eight years
: Javi Martinez leaves Bayern Munich after eight years. President Karl-Heinz Rummenigge of the German champion announced this via social media.
The 32-year-old Spaniard left Athletic Bilbao in 2012 for a sum of 40 million euros for a bright future in Bavaria. Athletic Bilbao has already announced that Martinez is keen to return.
Linksback Mojica to Atalanta Bergamo
19.21 hours: The Colombian left-back Johan Mojica plays this season on a rental basis for Atalanta Bergamo. He has to compete there with Robin Gosens.
Mojica is temporarily coming over from Girona, Spain. In 2018, he played all four duels for Colombia at the World Cup in Russia.
Mojica meets his compatriots Luis Muriel and Duvan Zapata near Atalanta. Marten de Roon, Hans Hateboer and Sam Lammers also play for the club from Bergamo.
Attacker Hansen longer at Ajax
18:12pm Sontje Hansen has connected his future to Ajax for the time being. The 18-year-old assailant has extended his contract for two years. His new commitment expires in the summer of 2023.
Hansen arrived in Ajax‘s youth training seven years ago. He made his debut last season in a cup duel with Telstar in the first team.
recent months Ajax also succeeded in binding talents such as Naci Ünüvar, Kenneth Taylor and Devyne Rensch.
Norwegian striker Sørloth for five years to RB Leipzig
18:12pm Alexander Sørloth makes the transition to RB Leipzig. The 24-year-old Norwegian striker, who was not successful at FC Groningen in the Netherlands, signed a contract with the semi-finalist of the Champions League until the summer of 2025.
Sørloth is coming over from Crystal Palace. Trabzonspor, the Turkish club that rented the attacker from the English, refused to cooperate for a long time on the transfer. Sørloth scored 24 goals in the Turkish league last season. Trabzonspor, which ended second thanks to the goals of Sørloth, had also for this seasona lease with Crystal Palace.
All parties have come out now anyway. RB Leipzig reportedly pays EUR 22 million for Sørloth and Trabzonspor would also receive a significant part of that transfer sum.
Sam Lammers rounds off transfer to Atalanta Bergamo
10.11 a.m.: Sam Lammers exchanging PSV definitively for Atalanta Bergamo. PSV had already given the space to complete his transition to the Italian club. He was therefore missing Saturday night at the home game against FC Emmen (2-1).
“ We wanted to go on with Sam, but he made a different choice. We are very sorry, but we wish him the best”, said technical manager John de Jong, who praises Lammers’ professional attitude. “We have conducted solid negotiations, but always with respect for each other. When parties are difficult to reconcile or disagree, this often affects the working posture. Sam didn‘t let his head run away for a moment, and that signs his character and attitude.”
Lammers played for PSV since 2010, where he made his debut in the first team in 2016. He came to 29 games for PSV, and he was confident six times.
“ It was a difficult decision to leave PSV. I played here for almost ten years and I moved from the youth to the first team”, says Lammers. “In the end, I now choose to play in a top league because I think this is the best thing for my development. I would like to thank PSV for the opportunities I have been given.”
SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER
Heerenveen rents Runar Espejord to Tromsø
22.44 hrs: SC Heerenveen rents Runar Espejord to the Norwegian Tromsø for the rest of the calendar year. The 24-year-old striker immediately joins the club from the first division, the second highest football division in Norway.
Last season Espejord made the transition from Tromsø to Heerenveen during the winter. At the Frisian club the attacker took action eight times. Espejord has previously played 107 official matches for the Norwegians. In it, the attacker accounted for 25 goals and 8 assists.
“ Due to physical circumstances and the early termination of the premier division by corona, Runar has not played much. Over the next three months, he can get back to playing in a familiar environment to get back on competition rhythm. We are confident that Runar will rejoin the group in January”, said technical manager Gerry Hamstra van Heerenveen.
Kika van Es returns with FC Twente
International Kika van Es returns with FC Twente. The 28-year-old defender signed a contract in Enschede until the end of this season. The 64-fold international played the last season in England for Everton.
Van Es also released for FC Twente in the 2017-2018 season. “A foreign adventure was high on my list and with educational and beautiful experiences I return now,” Van Es said. “I didn’t want to miss the chance to play for FC Twente again in the top division. The competition here is developing and the Netherlands, close to home, is the place for me to get the best out of myself. I look forward to joining in Enschede.”
Technical manager René Roord called the return of Van Es a great opportunity for FC Twente. “We are very happy to be able to add a player of her caliber and with her experience to our selection.”
Van Es also played for Willem II, VVV-Venlo, PSV and Ajax.
Vidal starts at Inter
21.56 hours: The Chilean international Arturo Vidal will play football again in Italy. The 33-year-old midfielder of Barcelona landed in Milan on Sunday evening. There he will undergo a medical examination at Internazionale on Monday. If he passes the test well, a lucrative contract is ready for him.
The Vidal contract in Barcelona continues for another year. He‘s been playing at Camp Nou since 2018. Trainer Ronald Koeman no longer needs him. The Spanish club is willing to give Vidal to Inter for a relatively small fee. Barça wants to ‘clean‘ the selection to make room for new players, including Memphis Depay of Olympique Lyon.
Previously Vidal was released for Leverkusen, Juventus and Bayern Munich. At Inter, he’s waiting for a reunion with coach Antonio Conte. They worked together at Juventus in the past.
In his career, Vidal won eight titles with three different clubs.
Leicester City rents Turkish attacker Ünder from AS Roma
11.01 a.m.: Leicester City rents Cengiz Ünder for the rest of the season of AS Roma. The 23-year-old Ünder played for AS Roma since 2017 and reached seventeen goals and twelve assists in 88 matches. Before that, the attacker played for theTurkish Basaksehir.
“ I can‘t wait to start with Leicester,” says Ünder. “I’ve always wanted to play in England and this is a great opportunity for me in the Premier League. I think I can create a lot of opportunities for my teammates.”
SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER
Bale on rental basis back at Tottenham
19.17 pm: Gareth Bale is back at Tottenham Hotspur. Saturday night, the Spurs announced the return of the Welshman, who had been in the air for several days. The 31-year-old attacker is rented from Real Madrid for a season.
According to British media, the Spurs pay some £20 million, converted almost €22 million, in salaries and other allowances for Bale.
Bale moved from London to Madrid for about 100 million euros in 2013. The Welshman, who had played at the Spurs for six years, was for a while the most expensive football player in the world. With the ‘Royal’, he won two national titles and four Champions League titles (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018). Bale was confident in the 2014 finals (against Atlético) and 2018, when he scored two goals against Liverpool as a substitute.
Liverpool welcomes Jota
18.38 hours: Liverpool has captured the Portuguese international Diogo Jota. The 23-year-old assailant comes over from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jota played for three seasons with the Wolves, with which he promoted to the Premier League in 2018. In 67 duels he scored 16 times. Last season he was 9 times in the Europa League in 14 matches.
“ This is a very exciting moment for me and my family. The fact that I am now part of a club like Liverpool – the world champion – is simply unbelievable. I can‘t wait to get started,” says Jota.
Before his time at the Wolves, Jota played with Paços de Ferreira, Atlético Madrid and FC Porto.
How far to Wolverhampton Wanderers
16:05 hours The Dutch defender Ki-Jana How far moves from Liverpool to Wolverhampton Wanderers. The 18-year-old youth international has signed for five years with the Premier League club from Wolverhampton.
“ Ki is a young player with great potential to become a top player. He can play as a central defender and as a right-back. He played against the Wolves in the FA Cup game in 2019 when he was only 16 years old and impressed us,” said Jeff Shi, chairman of the Wolves.
“ Ki is a talent we have bought for the future, but he can also give the first team a fresh impetus and substantial quality injection.”
In September 2018, Whoe moved from Ajax to Liverpool, where he made his debut in the first team in January of last year.
Aston Villa strengthens with Traoré
10.19 a.m.: Aston Villa has strengthened itself with Bertrand Traoré. The 25-year-old assailant comes across from the French Olympique Lyon. At Villa he is reunited with two former teammates in the selection. With Marvelous Nakamba he played with Vitesse, with Anwar El Ghazi at Ajax.
“ We are delighted that Bertrand has chosen to come to Aston Villa,” said trainer Dean Smith. “He is a player with a huge talent who will surely strengthen our offensive options.”
“ I love being back in England,” said Traoré. “I always wanted to return to the Premier League. I think I’m a better player now, more experienced.”
FC Groningen rents Leal from Villarreal
09.28 hours: FC Groningen rents the Spanish Miguel Angel Leal for a season of Villarreal. According to the club, the 23-year-old Spaniard can do both back positions.
Leal comes from Villarreal‘s youth training. “It is a beautiful stadium, very impressive”, the defender looks forward to his first minutes of FC Groningen. “I can’t wait to play here, with people in the stands it should give a beautiful atmosphere.”
According to Leal, FC Groningen has shown a lot of interest in him. “This is a great opportunity for me to learn a lot. I know Luis Suarez, Arjen Robben and Virgil van Dijk, all big players who played here.”
The Spaniard describes himself as attacking back that can play on either side. “I am a fast player, powerful and have a good move,” he says. “A back that stands defensively his man and also makes an offensive contribution.”
FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER
Liverpool will reach Thiago Alcantara within
17.38 hours: The transfer from Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool is final. The champion of England takes over the Spaniard from Bayern Munich, which won no less than three main prizes with the midfielder last season.
Liverpool reported a long-term commitment, without going into details. According to insiders, with the transition would amount more than20 million euros are involved. There may be the necessary bonuses. Thiago (29) has played with Bayern for seven years.
Eiting leaves for England
16.48 hours: Ajax rents Carel Eiting to Huddersfield Town this season. That reports the manager of the midfielder.
Ajax extends contract with Timber
16.37 hours: Ajax has extended the contract with Jurriën Timber after this season. The 19-year-old defender is now connected to the Amsterdam club until the summer of 2024.
Timber, who was born in Utrecht, has been playing with Ajax since 2014. On 7 March this year he made his debut in the first team. That was in the away match against sc Heerenveen in the competition. Ajax won with 3-1 and the youth international entered the competition with Sparta Rotterdam (0-1) in the 84th minute as a substitute in the field.
Higuain trades Juventus for the American club of Beckham
16.31: Gonzalo Higuain continues his career in the United States with Inter Miami CF, the club of former English international David Beckham. The Argentine striker had dissolved his contract with the Italian champion Juventus on Thursday.
Higuain (32) exchanged Napoli for the club from Turin in 2016, but after two seasons he was already rented to AC Milan and later to Chelsea. Last season, he was active again for Juventus and scored eight times in 32 games.
“ We are pleased to be able to add an experienced and successful goalscorer, who excelled in the best teams and competitions, to our selection,” said Paul McDonough, Technical Director of Inter Miami CF.
SC Heerenveen rents new Brighton player Van Hecke
12.27 p.m.: Jan Paul van Hecke, who recently signed the English football club Brighton & Hove Albion, plays on a rental basis for sc Heerenveen next season. The 20-year-old Van Hecke was released last season for NAC Breda. Brighton announced last week that the plan was to rent Van Hecke, who signed a three-year contract, first.
“ It is very nice that Jan Paul chose us. The fact that a Premier League club takes him over as a first division player says everything about the talent, quality and potential that Jan Paul possesses,” says technical manager Gerry Hamstra. “With him in the back, we are now more spacious in our choices. Jan Paul is going through a stormy development, which he can continue with us.”
Van Hecke played sixteen official matches for NAC and in that he earned four goals. Two years ago Van Hecke made the switch from amateur club vv Goes to NAC.
ADO hires Israeli midfielder Elmkies from Hoffenheim
11.10 a.m.: ADO Den Haag has secured the services of Israeli midfielder Ilay Elmkies until the end of the season. The 20-year-old Elmkies is rented from the German club 1899 Hoffenheim.
“ Ilay is a versatile midfielder, who has been selected by Alfred Schreuder in Hoffenheim‘s A-selection. While he was on our radar for a while, last week he got even more noticed thanks to his first goal for Israel. We are pleased that Ilay has chosen our club with his profile,” said Martin Jol, head of the Technical Heart of ADO.
Elmkies, who will play with number 10 in The Hague, made his appearance four times in the Israeli team. A week and a half ago, he scored in the Nations League match against Slovakia (1-1).
ADO will compete against FC Groningen on Sunday in The Hague. The team of trainer Aleksandar Rankovic started the season with a defeat at Heracles (2-0).
THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
PEC Zwolle rents attacker Pherai of Dortmund
20:54 hours PEC Zwolle has rented Immanuel Pherai from Borussia Dortmund. The 19-year-old attacking midfielder and wing striker made the transition to the top club in the Bundesliga in 2017. PEC hires him until the end of the season.
Pherai, born Amsterdammer, comes from the youth of AFC and ended up with Borussia Dortmund via AZ. He joined the club four times in the competition selection last season, but did not make an official debut in the main power.
Pherai: “I am happy with the opportunity PEC Zwolle gives me. By playing here, I can develop even more. Playing games at level is now top priority for me as a 19-year-old. The enthusiastic conversations I had with the trainer and technical manager gave me the feeling that PEC Zwolle has a concrete plan with me.”
Rummenigge reports agreement with Liverpool on Thiago
14.25 p.m.: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the president of Bayern Munich, has confirmed that his club has reached an agreement with Liverpool on the transfer of Thiago Alcantara. It was already known that the future of the Spanish midfielder would not lie in Munich.
“ Ican confirm that FC Bayern finally agrees with Liverpool,” said Rummenigge to the German daily Bild. “It was Thiago’s great desire to take on another challenge before the end of his career.” Thiago came over from FC Barcelona in 2013, where he completed the youth training.
“ A great player and we are ready to meet almost all his demands,” Rummenigge reported early July. “But it looks like he has other plans.” According to various media, the transition of Thiago was delayed by the uncertainty about the future of Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.
Bayern is reportedly paying some EUR 22 million for Thiago. Trainer Hansi Flick has already said goodbye to Thiago. “Thiago is an exceptional player who has spent seven hugely successful years here,” says Flick. “He is a great person and an excellent professional. It was very emotional today when he said goodbye to all of us.”
Bale close to return to Tottenham Hotspur
08.23 hours: Gareth Bale stands for a return to Tottenham Hotspur. According to his manager Jonathan Barnett, a transfer from Real Madrid to the Spurs is in the making. “We are close to it, but it‘s not finished yet,” says Barnett. “It’s a complicated deal.”
Bale (31) moved from London to Madrid for about 100 million euros in 2013. The Welshman, who had played at the Spurs for six years, was for a while the most expensive football player in the world. With the ‘Royal’, the attacker won two titles and four Champions League titles (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018). Bale was confident in the 2014 finals (against Atlético) and 2018, when he scored two goals against Liverpool as a substitute.
Bale has been on the side of injuries in recent years. Despite all the prizes won and over a hundred goals for Real, the fans never really embraced him. Bale saw a transfer back to China last year. Trainer Zinedine Zidane left him on the couch last season, in which Real took the Spanish title. It‘s a public secret that the Madrians would like to get rid of Bale. The wing spire is under contract in the Spanish capital for two more years.
José Mourinho, as manager of the Spurs, now hopes to attract Bale, something he did not succeed at Real Madrid before. “The chairman followed my knowledge and instinct, because shortly after I left, he brought Gareth to the club. That’s no secret, Gareth knows that too,” said Portuguese Wednesday. When Bale returns, he becomes team mate of Oranje-International Steven Bergwijn with the Spurs.