Real Madrid may be prepared to allow former Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale to leave on a free transfer this summer, according to the Times.
Last week, we relayed reports from Spain suggesting Bale may have been convinced to re-join Spurs after holding a two-hour meeting with his agent.
The Welshman was an unused substitute as Real Madrid lost 2-0 to Real Betis on the final day of the La Liga season on Sunday.
And there has been plenty of talk about him returning to England this summer after becoming disillusioned with life in the Spanish capital.
His wages have been mentioned as a stumbling block in reports about a possible return to Spurs, but that sticking point may have been erased if a story in the Times is to be believed.
The Times claims Madrid may let Bale leave without a fee this summer if a buying club is willing to pay all of his massive wages.
Tottenham would have to break their wage structure to re-sign Bale, but they may be willing to pay him a bigger salary than usual if there is no transfer fee.
That said, Spurs won’t want to disrupt the harmony of the dressing room, so perhaps it would be illogical to go through with it.