1) Goal scoring threat
Chelsea lack goal threats outside of Diego Costa. Even Eden Hazard isn’t scoring. Gareth Bale though is prolific in a side that is not even built around him having scored 31 times in 71 games for Real Madrid since moving to the Spanish capital including scoring 9 times in 13 games this season. Bale is a huge goal threat coming down the right hand side and theoretically could offer a counter to Hazard playing down the left, giving Chelsea a duel goal scoring threat on either flank.
2) The need for a marquee signing
Chelsea haven’t signed an elite player in a while. Even when they signed Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas there were question marks over the two. Was Costa fit enough? Can Fabregas last a full season? Bale though is at the top level and would mark the first top signing made by the club since the flop signing of Fernando Torres back in 2010/11. It would send a statement to other clubs who are notably splashing the cash more readily than the Champions.
3) Eden Hazard isn’t delivering
Hazard simply isn’t delivering the goods. He’s gone so far off form that to call him a top class player would appear disingenuous. Even when he was in fine form he wasn’t anywhere near as much as a goal threat as Bale having converted just 37 times in 125 league games for Chelsea, a far worse return than Bale’s. In truth whilst he does have a lot of ability, an out right swap deal for Bale would be a good deal for Chelsea. Hazard isn’t turning up and doesn’t score enough yet to be branded a top player, even if he will likely leave and then turn it on.
4) A direct, counter-attacking threat
Bale would suit Chelsea’s style very well. He’s fast, direct and strong. If Chelsea built the side around him he would be crucial to their counter-attacking play given his pace on the break and his ability to run past defenders with his strong build. Bale has done this very well for Madrid when deployed on the right hand side and was crucial in their Decima winning campaign.