Gareth Bale and Manchester United are two names that will continue to be linked, but is it possible?

Manchester United have once again been linked to Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale after the Welshman suggested that he could leave the 13-time UEFA Champions League winners this summer. Bale was tipped to start against Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday evening but was in fact on the bench. Real Madrid scored the first goal through Karim Benzema after a calamity from Loris Karius. Bale came on for Isco in the 61st minute of the match, putting his side ahead again with a spectacular overhead kick.

The Welshman scored a second goal late in the game, another howler from Karius, who seemed to parry the ball into the net after looking in a good position to deny Bale from a second goal. Real Madrid had stopped Liverpool from winning a sixth European Cup but gave Jurgen Klopp an unwanted record, having lost six finals in a row now. Bale spoke to the media immediately after the game, reflecting on the fact he felt he should have started the match, stating that he should be playing week in, week out, saying:

“I need to be playing week in, week out, and that’s not happened this season. “I had an injury five, six weeks into the season but I’ve been fit ever since. I have to sit down with my agent in the summer and discuss it.”

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane also stated that Bale’s situation was “complicated” and it could be even more complicated to get the deal he wants to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu next season. That is the speculation anyway. Miguel Delaney of the Independent has suggested that Bale would earn around £600,000 per week in Madrid and that figure would be too much for United, according to Delaney anyway. Wages are climbing astronomically in this day and age and some of the players that are being highly paid are not worth it.

United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward has been interested in signing Bale and tried to beat Madrid to the player in 2013. It seems that the Welshman is linked to the club during every summer window. It is suggested that Bale is interested in an Old Trafford move this summer and that, according to sources in Delaney’s report, the player has spoken to players at the club that he is friendly with about a switch. It all seems coincidental right now, to me anyway.

United have cooled in their pursuit of Bale over the years and now it would need to involve a change of stance from United, whether they attempted to make a deal, or not. It will probably turn into a saga which in the coming weeks will involve David De Gea, a player Real Madrid nearly signed once and seem to be interested, according to the media, in luring him to Madrid once again. United are said to be readying a new contract for the shot-stopper this summer but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Bale was not the only Madrid player to suggest his days at the club were numbered, Cristiano Ronaldo said; “it has been great being at Real Madrid,” seemingly suggesting that he could leave this summer. Of course, it could be something from nothing as the words uttered could talk about the feat Ronaldo has achieved at the club, winning his fifth Champions League trophy of his career, amongst other things. It could be a summer where not only United are seeking to assemble a team, Madrid could be on the change too.

I am sure Ronaldo will be linked with a return to Old Trafford at some point this summer, especially in the fact that Ronaldo was said to have a decision to make, which will probably be a new bumper contract at the Santiago Bernabeu. Bale though seems different. Could United sign him this summer? That is unknown. Should United be looking to sign him? Of course. He is one of the best players in the world right now and still has some things to achieve in his career.

However, United are in need of strengthening in other areas right now, which are more important. The fullbacks, the defence, and the midfield all require more attention than the attacking line. Anthony Martial is tipped with an exit this summer and United will need to find a replacement for him. Could that be Bale? Who knows. United seem to have moved on from Bale, but when Woodward is offered a chance of something, he could take it.

United have been named the club with the highest worth recently. Bringing in a player such as Bale, no matter what his injury record is, will help United become much richer. The fact that advertising will not only be something Bale would be involved in, let alone merchandise, the monetary value of Bale, even with a high fee, would be something that would benefit United greatly. Will it happen though? I am not yet convinced. Anything can happen in football, but some things need more of a push than others.

As long as United and Jose Mourinho address the problems that need to be addressed first, I don’t see a problem with them aiming to lure Bale to the Theatre of Dreams.

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