Welsh winger linked with ‘impossible’ move this summer…


Gareth Bale is a player who always bets linked to Manchester United, no matter whether the Old Trafford club are interested in him or not. During the summer of 2013 under the management of David Moyes, United were interested in the Welsh winger, instead opting to leave Tottenham Hotspur for Real Madrid. This season, Bale has not been so prolific for los blancos, making just 36 appearances this season, two of which being from the bench, scoring nine goals and assisting a further three. Bale would be a dream at United, but that is as far as I think it would go, just a dream, not a reality.

What is being reported and by who?

The Manchester Evening News have linked Bale to United, citing reports in Spain, which is code for ‘this is a rubbish rumour and we like to create click bait on a daily basis for you to read’. These reports from Spain come from Don Balon, which since its return tends not to be the most reliable source in the Spanish media, which may come as a surprise to some. These reports come from the apparent fact Bale has told his agent he would like to move to Manchester, which is surprising as no statement has been made by the player or his agent and I am sure the first point of contact for both would be Don Balon. Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-German are stated to be three clubs other than United who could afford the transfer fee and the players wages. The Daily Star, another reliable source I know, have followed up with a report suggesting that Bale has agreed to join United after striking a deal with Jose Mourinho, on the condition United qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. The Express, yet another ‘reliable source’ also claim something similar, which is funny as they both state the same source; Diario Gol. The Sun have a report on the matter also, not claiming anything sensational, just stating that Bale would consider leaving Madrid for United this summer. Nothing all that credible I’m afraid.

What type of player is Gareth Bale?

Gareth Bale is a world-class player capable of changing the game with his pace, skill and ability on the ball. Whilst playing for Tottenham Hotspur, as a left-back, Harry Redknapp changed his position, turning him into a winger, which is where he had the world at his feet. United were interested in the Wales international when he was at Southampton, opting for Spurs instead, something which Sir Alex Ferguson was not best pleased with, but United got over it and moved in the direction they wanted to. Bale would be a great player at any club, but not many would be able to afford both his transfer fee and his wage, meaning the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and probably Paris Saint-Germain would be his main suitors, in a realistic way, of course. Many more clubs would want Bale, but they can dream. Bale has been somewhat injury prone since leaving for Madrid, suffering nine injuries in four seasons, missing 261 days and 46 matches. Bale’s injuries are something linked to his reported departure, being out for the last three weeks, I am sure the Spanish media are just trying to keep themselves relevant by using such things to suggest the player has had his day in Madrid. We shall wait and see, but I reckon Bale will be wearing the number eleven short for Real Madrid next season.

Likelihood of the transfer?

I would like to see Bale at United, but FIFA 17 seems to be the place to see that in some sort of reality. The chances of this happening are slim, at best. Bale is happy in Madrid, he has said this umpteen times. These reports do not carry any quotes from the player telling his agent he wants the move, nothing from a credible source, not one credible journalist has claimed anything. It just seems to stem from a single rumour, with different stories seemingly coming off that. Bale may well leave the Santiago Bernabeu, but being that he is a ‘galactico’ player, there will be a massive amount of attention surrounding any transfer. The likes of Don Balon and Diario Gol would be eclipsed by the major Spanish newspapers claiming the deal would be made in the summer. Jose Mourinho may well be interested in Bale, but why would he leave Madrid for Manchester. United are a team in transition, making a step in the right direction this season, but seemingly earthing more problems to be solved, which ideally need to be solved in the summer. Bale to Manchester United, only in a virtual world at this moment in time, but you never know, it could happen but much will have to change for it to be a reality.

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