The main objective that Real Madrid had been looking to achieve as part of their clear-out this summer may have found a solution as Los Blancos look to sell Gareth Bale.
It is not just any solution either as Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in re-signing the Welshman, who left White Hart Lane to move to Santiago Bernabeu in 2013.
The Champions League runners-up have informed Real Madrid that they would be prepared to pay a fee between 50 and 60 million euros.
However, they also made clear to his representatives that the 17 million euros net that he earns each season would not be realistic for the club, who could only afford around half of that.
Now it is Real Madrid who must decide what to do and whether they rescind his contract for the next three seasons to liquidate half of that amount, about 25 million euros.
Zidane doesn’t want him
Bale, who celebrates his 30th birthday on Tuesday, has known for some time that Zinedine Zidane is not counting on him for next season and the pair have discussed it, which is part of why Bale would be open to a return to the Premier League, London and a club who gave him a chance to move to the elite level.
Despite that, he is not prepared to give up the three years of contract that he has already signed for.
After a disappointing campaign last year, Real Madrid know that it will not be easy to sell him and there are only 24 days until the Premier League transfer window shuts.
FIFA’s Financial Fair Play limits will also require sales to ensure that sales are at least 100 million euros less than their purchases, which currently stand at 300 million euros.
Bale, James Rodriguez and Mariano Diaz are all on the market, and there has also been interest from China in Bale, including from Shanghai Shenhua.
The Chinese club, previously managed by Quique Sanchez Flores, offered him an even better wage than he currently earns in Spain, but would only sign him on a free transfer, which Real Madrid refused to even consider.