Liverpool have been tipped as one of the clubs who could make a move for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale as speculation over his future mounts.
What’s the story?
The 31-year-old enjoyed a productive if tumultuous season-long loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur in 2020/21 but has refused to reveal his plans for the future.
According to TalkSport pundit and ex-Spurs striker Darren Bent, Bale could be the subject of interest from Reds over the coming months as Jurgen Klopp looks to wrestle back their Premier League crown.
Edwards must avoid
Speaking after Tottenham’s final-day win over Leicester City, Bale revealed he already knew his next move, but added that revealing it now would “cause chaos”.
His surprising revelation sparked wild rumours in Spain, claiming that the Wales international is set to retire after the delayed European Championships have concluded this summer, although well-known journalist Fabrizio Romano has already rubbished those suggestions.
However, Bale’s future still remains unclear, and it’s led to speculation over where the Southampton academy graduate will ply his trade next season.
Bent believes Liverpool could be an option for the four-time Champions League winner as the Anfield outfit aim to recover from an extremely difficult campaign.
“Man City wouldn’t (sign him), Man United probably wouldn’t. Liverpool? Potentially they may be in for Bale.”
The Madrid man struggled for regular game time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium throughout Jose Mourinho’s tenure, but still managed to score an impressive 16 goals in all competitions, laying on a further three assists for his teammate.
Nevertheless, while Bale is still undoubtedly a top-class talent on his day, he’s not the answer to Liverpool’s attacking problems.
For a side with ambitions to win the title year in year out, that figure is nowhere near good enough but the likelihood of Bale improving it in the long term is extremely unlikely.
Mane, Firmino and Mohamed Salah will be 29 years old when next season starts, meaning the unpredictability and vibrancy that youthful legs bring to a football team will be required at Liverpool in order to return them to their winning ways, not Bale and his £650,000-per-week wages.
Director of football Michael Edwards must avoid the temptation to bring in a star name for a quick fix and remain faithful to the transfer strategy that brought so much success to the Merseyside outfit in the first place.