Manchester United On Alert Over Real Madrid Forward
Manchester United transfer target Gareth Bale will be sold by Real Madrid next summer following his latest injury setback. According to Spanish newspaper AS, Madrid have finally tired of Bale’s persistent injuries and will pull the plug on his career at the Bernabeu at the end of the season.
Bale suffered a thigh injury during training before Wales’s friendly international with France on Friday. It is his 19th injury in less than four-and-a-half years at Real Madrid since his £80million transfer from Tottenham Hotspur in August 2013. It also means that he has been available for only 55 percent of Real’s games since his move to the club. This latest setback – a thigh injury – will rule him out for a month.
Manchester United were interested in signing Bale this summer. However, Real president Florentino Perez decided to give him one last chance. Bale was Perez’s signing and was seen as the future of the club.
However, his €100.7million transfer fee along with an estimated €60.9million in wages mean that Bale’s 159 appearances for Real Madrid have come at a cost of over €1million per game. Real have decided enough is enough and Bale will be sold next summer.
Manchester United will still be interested even though Bale turns 29 next July and could realistically be said to be past his best. Real will attempt to get back as much as they can of their €100million investment. United will offer a much lower fee in the knowledge that there will be few clubs that can afford the Welshman.
As for Real, they are eyeing up Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, according to AS. However, another PSG player, the former Barcelona striker Neymar, could also be in their sights. Reports at the weekend claimed Real are ready to bid €200million for the Brazil international. PSG are likely to dig in their heels over both players.