By Nathan Salt For Mailonline
Published: 14:25 BST, 18 September 2020 | Updated: 14:34 BST, 18 September 2020
Deals for Gareth Bale to go to Tottenham and Thiago Alcantara to go to Liverpool saw rival fans lead criticism against the clubs, months after they attempted to use the government's furlough scheme.
Both clubs eventually reversed their decision to use the furlough scheme following a public backlash.
Tottenham, who saw Bale and Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Reguilon arrive at the training ground on Friday ahead of sealing a £40million double swoop, announced on March 31 that 550 staff members would take a 20 per cent pay cut in an attempt 'to protect jobs'.
Gareth Bale arrived at Tottenham's training ground ahead of sealing his loan return
Thiago Alcantara said goodbye to Bayern Munich as he closes in on a switch to Liverpool
Rival fans described the spending as 'disgusting' as both clubs attempted to use the government's furlough scheme to pay non-playing staff earlier in the year due to Covid-19
Now both are spending on players, one user described the situation as 'shameless hypocrisy'
One fan said it 'makes me laugh' to see both clubs shift their approach in a matter of months
After the swoop for Bale and