There are plenty of transfer rumours doing the rounds as the window has opened at a record early time across Europe. This has meant that clubs are looking to wrap up a lot of transfer activity before the World Cup starts to ensure they are securing the players on their wishlists. A current hot prospect is Welsh wizard Gareth Bale.
The Real Madrid player hardly needs any introduction, already a three-time Champions League winner at just the age of 28. After having an illustrious career at Tottenham, he has gone on to be very successful in La Liga, where many British players have tried but failed to establish themselves outside of the English Premier League.
Most recently Bale has been receiving rave reviews after his stunning bicycle kick in this year’s Champions League final in Kiev, whereby the winger lead the Spaniards to a consecutive hat trick of Champions League wins with what turned out to be an influential brace on the night. It is now no secret that Bale has a desire to find a club which offers him more playing time, regardless that he has been a top Madrid performer when he hasn’t been out through injury. The relationship between Bale and his manager Zidane hasn’t been quite as consistent as he would’ve wished, so it seems the Welshman is very much on the move.
Allegedly the German champions have expressed interest in Bale and the 28 year-old has spoken out about a move to the Bundesliga saying that he feels flattered to be linked. It’s a potentially strong move for both parties, however, you can’t help but feel Bale has a bit more to give than settling for Bayern. Don’t get me wrong, they have been a consistent challenger on the European stage and a very respectable club for decades, but their lack of competition in the Bundesliga must been a factor which puts off some of the big stars from joining. All in all, if the interest is legitimate, it’s a nice decision to make for the Welshman.
Perhaps the most reasonable move on the cards. Manchester United are never far away from attempting to lure in the big players for huge amounts. In the last two seasons they have poured out £90 million on Paul Pogba and a figure rising to £80 million most recently on Romelu Lukaku. Along with United’s financial status and natural pulling power, they are arguably in need of a natural right winger such as Bale. Their most recent signing, Alexis Sanchez is occupying the left flank, whilst Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial compete for places typically coming off the bench. While all of these factors seem to add up, Bale should consider whether he would fulfill his best form under Jose Mourinho’s more tactical style.
If Bale fancies a return to London then a move to Tottenham seems the most obvious choice, particularly on a personal level. Of course, Chelsea will miss out on Champions League football next season so a move to Stamford Bridge would seem highly unlikely, alongside the Blues being a bitter rival of Spurs. Although every fan from North London would welcome the move in a heartbeat, due to Tottenham’s salary structure it would appear almost impossible that they could fork out Bale’s rumoured 400k a week at Madrid.
ON THIS TRANSFER DAY: In 2013, Real Madrid signed Gareth Bale for a world record £85.3m (€100m) from Tottenham. pic.twitter.com/By8lUNrGsh
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