Manchester United interested in signing Gareth Bale this summer, but only on loan – reports

Manchester United is reportedly interested in signing Gareth Bale from Real Madrid this summer. However, it will not be the transfer that the Madrid club might be looking for. Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that the Welshman is not part of the future at the Santiago Bernabeu but both United and former club Tottenham Hotspur have both rejected making a £75 million move for the player this summer.

The report suggests that United will contact the Madrid club to test the water about a loan move for the 2019/20 season, with an option to extend that for a further 12 months. A loan fee would even be paid for the player. The player will turn 30 this summer and his return to the Premier League would be seen as a gamble, especially with Spurs also rejecting making a move for the player this summer.

Six years ago, Real Madrid beat United to Bale, spending £85.3 million, beating the fee paid for Cristiano Ronaldo four years previous – £80 million. I do not think any team would offer the Madrid club anything close to £75 million for the player, who is contracted to the club until the summer of 2022, signing his last contract in 2016. Real Madrid do not seem to be treating Bale all that well, which is a shame.

Over the past season, Bale made a total of 42 appearances in La Liga, UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, scoring 14 goals, providing six assists – averaging a goal every 187 minutes. Granted, those stats are not great – he did miss nine matches through injury during the past season and his injury record at the club has not been the best – missing around 75 matches in his time at the club.

Bale has played a total of 231 times for Real Madrid in the past six seasons, scoring 102 goals at the club. Granted, it was nothing like the record Ronaldo had at the club, which may not be matched for a very long time. However, Bale has been a world class player in his time, both at Spurs and Real Madrid. The question remains as to whether the player is declining rapidly or whether he just needs playing time.

It remains to be seen as to whether Bale would be interested in moving to United this summer if a loan spell was granted from the Santiago Bernabeu club, or whether Zidane and president, Florentino Perez will stick to their guns and try and force him to leave the club, which could be costly for them based on the wage the player is currently on. United will not play in the UEFA Champions League this coming season, which might pose some problems.

Bale could be a good signing for United if he wanted to make the move. Although he would play in the UEFA Europa League, he would return to the Premier League, a league in which he was once one of the best players in it. However, it might not be simple to reach those levels again. United need to desperately rebuild the club, starting this summer and another big transfer failing would ruin that process.

If United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in fact interested in Bale this summer, a loan deal would be best for United, better than paying £75 million for a player who may not rediscover his best form. However, Real Madrid will probably try to include a clause that United would need to purchase Bale at the end of a loan spell but they need to stand firm and if need be include an option rather than a compulsory clause to buy him.

United still has Alexis Sanchez at the club, a player who is on rather his wages, has not hit any kind of form which he had shown at Arsenal and could be just another player who could leave the Old Trafford club this summer, if other clubs around Europe are interested in the fee they may need to pay followed by the wages he will be demanding. United do not need to keep making these mistakes.

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