The rumour mill is naturally still churning and barely a weeks goes by that we don’t link Man United to a major star. Or at least we, at Think Football, don’t analyse a story linking Man United with someone. With just under 24 hours left in the transfer window, Man United are being, yet again, linked with Gareth Bale.
David Moyes was said to be keen on him when he first took over at United but Spurs would rather have sold to Real Madrid and the player seemed more keen on this type of move. Bale though, after a great first season in which he helped the club claim the coveted Decima, has not had a great time in Madrid. Last season he was criticized by fans and by team-mates, making his place somewhat contentious.
There is also the issue of him being second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo, who is undoubtedly the main man at The Bernebau. Madrid would perhaps be open to get rid of Bale in the context that they badly want David De Gea. De Gea has one year left to run on his Man United contract and is angling for the move away.
Man United don’t want to let their prized goalkeeper go without something in return. Money isn’t much to them given their huge commercial appeal. Thus they want a player. Sergio Ramos was a man they were keen on but he signed a new long term deal with the club. They’ve not turned their attention to Bale and are linked with a £65 million plus De Gea move for the forward.
Bale would be an upgrade on Angel Di Maria, a player they signed from Real Madrid last summer only to offload to PSG this summer for a cut price. But with that £50 million they can make the move for Bale. Bale would be an excellent signing with his pace, power and strong technique.
In terms of the likelihood of the transfer it’s more likely than Thomas Muller and Neymar. Bale has a difficult relationship with Madrid and this wouldn’t be a bad thing for him. He did win the Champions League and could now come to a side challenging for the Premier League title, something that he realistically wasn’t going to win at Spurs. The money involved is huge but it could be done if the club let De Gea go. De Gea represents a good bargaining chip for this deal.