According to reports in The Times, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is ready to make a move for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, who is rated at £72m according to Transfermarkt, if the Welshman doesn’t make the starting line-up for their clash against the Red Devils in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje.
The Times says his future is in doubt as the Champions League holders continue to pursue Monaco youngster Kylian Mbappe, while Zinedine Zidane could choose to start Marcos Asensio ahead of him on Tuesday.
Mourinho said: “If he’s playing tomorrow I wouldn’t think of [trying to sign him].
“If he’s not in the club’s plans I would be waiting for him on the other side and be fighting with the other coaches who would like to have him.”
Chelsea were also linked with a move for the attacker by the Sunday Express on August 6, and it could come down to a head-to-head battle between the two Premier League rivals.
Blues supporters were quick to have their say on the latest Bale update via social media, and they are divided on a potential deal.
While some believe he would be a “huge upgrade on Willian”, others say that signing him would be a “waste of time and money” after he missed chunks of last season with ankle and calf injuries.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— Dean Hazelwood (@DeanCFCH) August 8, 2017
— pinkster 2️⃣6️⃣👑 (@THECFCNUTTER) August 8, 2017
Really gotta try to get Bale, no doubts that he'd be a huge boost and a game-changer for us, massive upgrade on Willian. Bale & Hazard 🔥#CFC
— Akshat (@jayabhiraj) August 8, 2017
Good news. Linked with Serge Aurier who I really much rate and Gareth Bale who is huge upgrade to Willian. Question is would Bale agree #CFC
— SK (@Seif_Ghanem) August 7, 2017
— Akshat (@jayabhiraj) August 7, 2017
These Bale rumors need to stop. Emenalo & Marina are too incompetent to negotiate this. Only way this works..Roman offers €100 mil+. #CFC
— Dalio Francisco (@daliosway) August 7, 2017
Bale is most likely to join United if he leaves, won't come to us because of Spurs. Think we have a good chance of getting VVD though. #CFC
— dave (@d_celebicanin) August 7, 2017
I wouldn't take Bale at Chelsea
Man is injury prone and not worth the money!
Waste of time and money #CFC
— Joshua Murphy (@Murphy90_) August 7, 2017