No Exit For Bale
Manchester United’s hopes of signing Gareth Bale from Real Madrid have been dealt what looks to be a fatal blow.
The Wales international has had talks with the new coach at the Bernabeu, Julen Lopategui. Bale wanted assurances over his playing time after finding himself pushed down the pecking order under former boss Zinedine Zidane. But talks with Lopategui have been fruitful.
Real last week sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus for a fee of £105million and it is that move more than anything else that has secured Bale’s future at the Bernabeu. When he moved to the La Liga side in 2013 it was largely at the behest of club president Florentino Perez who saw him as the future of the club. The Welshman has the advantage of being four years younger than Ronaldo and with the Portugal international now it is likely that Bale will get more game time in the coming season.
The future of the third member of Real’s famed ‘BBC’ front line – Karim Benzema – now seems secure following Ronaldo’s departure. The former France international had been favourite to leave this summer.
All eyes are now on who Real recruit to replace Ronaldo. Chelsea’s Belgium international Eden Hazard appears to be favourite although the west London side are likely to dig in their heels over any departure for their star player.
But for United, the pursuit of Bale appears to be at an end – perhaps for good. He turns 30 next July and that’s the age where the Red Devils tend to lose interest in a player.
Blind Deal Set To Go Ahead
Manchester United have confirmed the sale of Daley Blind back to his former club Ajax. The news came in a tweet late on Monday night.
The Red Devils haven’t confirmed the transfer fee but are likely to pick up £14.1million for the Netherlands international with add-ons and bonuses bringing the total fee to around £18million.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 16, 2018
Blind was signed by former boss Louis van Gaal from Ajax in the summer of 2014 in a deal that cost United £14million. His return will yield a significant profit once amortisation is taken into account.
The 28-year-old made just seven Premier League appearances for United last season – four starts and three off the bench. He was an unused substitute on 11 occasions.