Ahead of the January transfer window, a number of top transfer rumours are starting to emerge, and Marco Reus is tipped for Real Madrid and Welsh ace Gareth Bale has been linked with Manchester United.
The Welsh international left fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for the Spanish capital for a world record €100 million fee in the summer of 2013. His debut season at Real Madrid couldn’t have gone much better, as he scored winning goals in the Copa Del Rey and Champions League finals.
Yet, after just six months after a near-perfect debut campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu, Bale has been linked with a Premier League return with Manchester United.
And the proposed fee to take him to Old Trafford… A whopping new world record £120 million!
Surely an absolute non-starter ? Well, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal didn’t rule it out when quizzed by reporters this week, fuelling a media frenzy which is beginning to gain momentum.
'I cannot discuss that with you', Van Gaal was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. 'I discuss that with my CEO and not with anyone of the media'.
The rumours have quickly spread over the continent to The Iberian Peninsula, and it is there where Spanish editorial El Confidencial have expressed their view on the matter.
'A hypothetical transfer of Bale for €153 million and the signing of Reus for €25 million - the clause the German ace in theory has on 1 July 2015 - would be an exceptional operation not only from the economic point of view, but also from a sports perspective as the Borussia Dortmund striker is a much more complete player than the Welshman', the publication explains.
It’s difficult to argue with the logic, and given Manchester United’s previous interest in Reus, it makes little sense to pay as much as EIGHT times more on a player who despite his obvious talents may not actually be as good.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has the pull of almost any player in the world, and the likelihood of purchasing Dortmund’s star player next summer is looking fairly strong at this moment in time.
The Bundesliga outfit are struggling – currently in the relegation zone in the German top flight – and a failure to earn Champions League football will surely prompt Reus to walk away.
Would Real Madrid be prepared to sell Bale for the big bucks with the guarantee of the acquiring 25-year-old German ace for a moderate €25 million fee ?
As El Confidencial seem to think so, hypothetically quoting Madrid president Florentino Perez as saying; 'Where do I sign?'.