Jose Mourinho may have finally found the perfect opportunity to sign his dream winger as latest reports in Spain claim that Gareth Bale has reached an agreement to leave Real Madrid.
Bale, 28, has barely played for Real Madrid this season with injuries hampering the winger once again. The Welshman has been plagued with injuries and has made just seven appearances in all competitions under Zinedine Zidane this time out.
Spanish news outlet Diario Gol report that Bale has reached an agreement with Real president Florentino Perez to leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season. Both parties reportedly feel it’s the best move as Real hierarchy doesn’t know what to do with a player with recurrent injury problems.
Diario Gol further suggests Bale is keen to return to the Premier League and that United and Spurs are eager to sign the 28-year-old. Meanwhile, the nippy winger has been a long-term target of the Red Devils, who will be keen on capitalising on this opportunity.
Before Europa League holders United met Madrid in August for the UEFA Super Cup clash, Mourinho pledged that he would try and sign the player if he didn’t appear for the Los Blancos against the Red Devils. But after Bale played the UEFA Super Cup, which Madrid won 2-1, the United manager said the pursuit for the Welsh winger was ‘over’.
Bale committed his future to Madrid at the end of last season, saying he was happy to stay with the 12-time European champions. Last October, he signed a new deal worth £350,000-a-week to stay at the Bernabeu until 2022. It is believed Real’s asking price could be an issue for the Premier League big boys. Perez wants to recoup the £85m Real paid Spurs for Bale back in 2013.
United and Spurs are willing to open the doors for the injury-prone winger but none of them is ready to break the bank and pay an excess of €60m.
If not Spurs, United are well capable of pulling off such a signing and may well end up doing so. Other than the left-back problem, signing a right-winger remains Mourinho’s primary target and Bale ideally fits the ball.
But after missing large chunks of the game with ankle and calf injuries in the last couple of years, Bale would be a risky proposition and our manager wouldn’t probably want to take a gamble.