Manchester United target Gareth Bale could be available for transfer, according to reports from Spain.
The Welsh winger was strongly linked with a move to us over the summer but nothing materialised.
Bale has struggled badly with injuries over the past couple of seasons at Real Madrid and now faces strong competition for a place in Zinedine Zidane’s starting lineup.
Youngster Marco Asensio has made a very impressive start to the 2017-18 season, earning five starts in their first seven La Liga matches this season. Cristiano Ronaldo is a guaranteed starter down the left, and despite Bale the striker role once this season that was because Karim Benzema was injured.
Zidane also has Isco and Lucas Vasquez to select in attack as part of his 4-3-3 formation. The competition is tough as it is but Bale’s injury record doesn’t help him.
Gareth Bale is currently sidelined and missed Wales’ crucial final two World Cup qualifiers this past week which saw the Euro 2016 semi-finalists eliminated from Russia 2018 despite starting the weekend in second place in their group.
Spanish outlet El Confidential are now reporting that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez would be prepared to sell Bale if he could recoup the €101 million the reigning Champions League holders paid Tottenham Hotspur back in 2013.
In today’s money that would be £90 million for an injury prone 28-year-old. I don’t see Jose Mourinho making that deal regardless of the money we’re bringing in from merchandise, sponsorship, the Champions League and TV rights.
There’s no doubt Bale would be an excellent addition to the squad down the right wing where we currently have Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard. The Welsh international did play down the left previously in the Premier League with Spurs, but I couldn’t see him being chosen ahead of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial with the form they are in.