Louis van Gaal’s men have been linked with a mega-million deal to bring the Real Madrid star to Old Trafford, but it looks unlikely to occur.
The Sunday Express have today stated that Gareth Bale is open to the possibility of returning to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United set to splurge £80 million on the Real Madrid attacker.
The Wales international became the world’s most expensive player when he move to the Santiago Bernabeu from Tottenham last summer, but it has been suggested that the Old Trafford outfit were also keen on his signature at the time.
With the powers that be at United dedicated to spending the required money to get the side back into silverware contention, today’s report states that Bale is the club’s number one summer transfer target.
Just how much credence is in the article and the chances of the move actually happening are to be questioned.
Bale suffered a slow start to life in the Spanish capital due to injury concerns, but has all-but silenced his doubters with strong performances both last term and this.
The flying winger scored the winner in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona last season and also netted the all-important second goal in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.
This term Bale has been part of a record-breaking Madrid side and scored as Carlo Ancelotti’s men claimed the Club World Cup last night.
As such, with so much success with the Spanish superpowers, why would Bale possibly want to leave?
Similarly, Madrid president Florentino Perez stated that Bale’s signature last summer also represented a significant marketing tactic, with the Welsh superstar increasing the Spanish’s club brand in world football.
With Bale only turning 26 this summer and an essential part of Madrid’s current set-up, Madrid allowing the winger to leave, and for less than they paid for him, seems highly unlikely.
For United, central defenders and central midfielders must surely be the priority and with the likes of Angel Di Maria, Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj and others capable of playing in Bale’s position, surely the club’s transfer funds would be best spent elsewhere.