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Aston Villa can sign their own Mahrez in Gareth Bale

Aston Villa transfer target Gareth Bale could still swap the Bernabeu for Villa Park this summer, and if that is to happen, transfer insider Dean Jones believes that it would be a good signing by Steven Gerrard’s side.

As per The Guardian, who linked Villa with a move for the Wales star, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United are also potential destinations for the 32-year-old, with Cardiff City thrown into the mix by the Daily Mail.

Jones believes that Bale may be more swayed by a return to Spurs, for whom the Welshman has scored all of his 54 Premier League goals so far.

The journalist told GIVEMESPORT about the possibility of the 32-year-old going to Villa: “The only thing I’d say is there’s not that sentiment value there that we seem to get the impression he’s looking for. Gareth Bale is at his best when there’s passion involved, and when he genuinely cares about it.

“His Wales performances and his body language and everything is so different than from when he was at Real Madrid. And I know he says that’s not all him, and it was the club and the way he was treated, but it’s got to be on him too because we can see how he’s performing. So, I think it’d be a good signing.”

A move to an ambitious Villa team under a potentially more trusting manager in Gerrard could be enough to rejuvenate Bale’s passion for the game and would likely help the Villans to make a stronger push for European qualification.

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From a club perspective, “world-beater” Bale – as once hailed by journalist Jonathan Shrager – would give Villa an inverted option on the right wing, mimicking the service that Riyad Mahrez offers to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

The Algerian has enjoyed repeated success in this role, cutting inside in an attempt to wrong-foot opposition defenders and fire a shot at goal, an element to his game which has rewarded him with 63 goals in a City shirt.

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An inverted approach adds another dimension in the attack and allows for a wide player to operate almost solely in the half-space, which also results in more room for the centre-forward.

This is a prospective move which could pay dividends for both club and player, giving Bale the opportunity to gather strong club form ahead of the World Cup with Wales later this year, whilst offering the Villans a weapon that they do not currently have within their ranks.