Manchester United Could Sign Bale For £5m

Bale Booed By Real Fans

Gareth Bale Manchester United transfer news and rumours
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Manchester United could sign Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid next season for as little as £5million.

The Wales international looks almost certain to leave the Bernabeu this summer. The present campaign was where he was supposed to step up to the plate following the departure for Juventus last summer of Cristiano Ronaldo. But the season has been a disappointment for Bale. He was a 70th-minute substitute during this weekend’s 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao but he was booed by Real’s own supporters every time he touched the ball.

Bale’s days in Madrid are numbered but Real are willing to entertain a short-term solution that would see him leave on loan if they don’t receive what they regard as a fair valuation in a permanent transfer.

According to the Spanish newspaper Marca, Real are willing to allow Bale to leave on terms similar to those that saw James Rodriguez leave for Bayern Munich. The Colombia international has spent two seasons on loan at Bayern but the German club paid only £5million a season.

There are a number of flaws to this argument. A player’s loan fee will often – but not always – reflect the fee he was bought for. Rodriguez was bought for £42million, Bale cost £90million. Real are likely to demand more than £5million.

Plus Manchester United would have to pay Bale’s wages estimated at around £500,000 a week.

There is also the fact that the Wales international turns 30 in July. United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward believes he made a mistake in agreeing to Alexis Sanchez £500,000 a week just as he was heading for his 30th birthday. He may feel the same about Bale.