Welshman Set To Be Sold
Real Madrid have put a price tag of €130million (£112million) on Gareth Bale when they decide to sell him this summer.
The Wales international looks set to be jettisoned by Madrid after the season in which he was to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo resulted in disappointment. Bale has scored just 11 goals in 35 games for Los Blancos so far this season.
According to the Spanish newspaper AS Real have decided that €130million is a fair price for a player that cost them €99million when they bought him from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. The thinking is that in a market where Neymar cost €222million, Kylian Dembele €180million, Phillippe Coutinho up to €160million and Ousmane Dembele €120million it’s a fair price to ask.
Real believe Bale is more likely to head back to the Premier League and English sides are among the minority of clubs would be in a position to pay that kind of money.
But would they? Bale turns 30 in July and £112million is a lot of money for someone who has flopped in this campaign.
Manchester United have long been linked with the Welshman but his age will prove to be a problem to them. Their interest in a player wanes once he hits 30. The first exception to that rule was Bastian Schweinsteiger who flopped following a £10million move to Old Trafford. The other was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is regarded as a success, but he came on a free transfer and signed only a one-year deal.
With Bale it will be a huge fee along with wage demands that equate to around £500,000 a week. That size of wages plus a four-year deal worth £112million means he would take a total of £55million a year off the bottom line.
Chelsea have also been linked but the current turmoil at Stamford Bridge with owner Roman Abramovich actively looking to sell the club means they will think twice.
Bale’s former club Tottenham Hotspur have first refusal once any bid is to be accepted by Real Madrid, but they don’t have the resources to find that kind of money thanks in large to the cost over-run on their new stadium.