Tottenham supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their team move into the Premier League’s top four at the expense of champions Chelsea courtesy of a 1-0 win over struggling Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with the Eagles fifth in the table but just a point behind Antonio Conte’s Blues, who visited second place Manchester United later on Sunday. And Spurs piled the pressure on the West London outfit as Harry Kane’s late header sealed a vital three points for the Pochettino’s side at Selhurst Park, with the pressure possibly telling on the Blues as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford, despite taking the lead through in-form Willian.
As such, there have been several delighted Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, and they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from Diario Gol, which outlines a potentially key blow for the North London outfit in their pursuit of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.
The 28-year-old made the move to the Bernabeu back in 2013 after six impressive years at Tottenham, and he has since gone from strength to strength with 77 goals and 58 assists in just 174 appearances for the club, helping them to three Champions League titles along the way.
Yet the Wales international has struggled for regular gametime this term and that has thus prompted questions about his future, with both Manchester United and indeed Tottenham reported to be keen on luring Bale back to the Premier League.
However, recent reports suggest that Bale himself is reportedly holding out for a move to Old Trafford, and is reportedly not keen on being involved in a potential swap deal with Spurs striker Kane, who has been linked with a move to the Spanish capital in recent times.
Thus, this recent development is sure to come as a big blow to Pochettino and the Spurs hierarchy, even if it means that a swap deal involving Kane appears to be off the table for now.
Landlord’s verdict: Gareth Bale has been repeatedly linked with a move back to the Premier League in recent times, with both Manchester United and indeed former club Tottenham reportedly keen on the 28-year-old.
Yet the Wales international appears to have dealt the latter a huge blow by reportedly holding out for a move to Jose Mourinho’s United, and as such refusing to be a part of a possible swap deal with Spurs striker Harry Kane, who has himself been linked with a potential move to the Spanish capital.
Some Spurs fans may be happy, as failure to include Bale in a possible deal for Kane may strengthen their side’s hand in negotiations with Real, but the European champions are still likely to fancy their chances of luring Kane away from North London, especially if they do not secure Champions League football next season.
And with Bale reportedly keen on a move to United, this recent development looks set to strike a huge blow in Tottenham’s summer transfer plans.
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