Ever since making his transfer record-breaking move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2013, 26-year-old Gareth Bale has hardly been able to detach himself from a series of sensationalised head-lines linking him with a high-profile switch away from the Bernabeu.
From seemingly falling out with large sections of the Los Blancos fan-base, witnessing his car being attacked on the way out of his home stadium, and of course winning several illustrious trophies during his time in the Spanish capital – Bale’s stint at Real Madrid has so far proven somewhat of a roller-coaster ride.
However, now that Manchester United have reportedly raised a serious interest in signing the hotly coveted Welshman this January, after seeing their earlier attempts apparently rebuffed in the summer – perhaps this particular transfer story may well hold a certain significance in a sea of loose paper talk and lazy speculation.
Even though this specific story may seem a tad unlikely on the surface, perhaps Louis van Gaal’s side actually stand a better chance of signing the infamous front-man than most people would have initially expected.
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It’s going to take another ridiculous sum of cash of course – for Real Madrid never seem to give up their most prized assets lightly – but seeing as the Old Trafford faithful are already experiencing a lot of expensive transfer-fuelled activity at their club these days, such a move couldn’t be considered too ambitious for the Manchester United hierarchy.
Gareth Bale has already achieved a vast amount at the Bernabeu, his goal-scoring record for the La Liga giants remains impressive to say the least – yet because Real Madrid fans arguably go down as the least patient and most unforgiving supporters in the whole of world football – maybe it’s time the left-footed maestro stopped working for a fan-base that will never truly appreciate what he brings to the table.
In reality, any side built exclusively around the exploits of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo is going to face problems at least somewhere down the line. The Portuguese front-man is simply too self-indulgent in his approach to bring other similarly gifted players into the fold effectively enough. Real Madrid ultimately won’t get the best out of Gareth Bale if he is continuously forced to play second fiddle to Ronaldo, so it wouldn’t actually arrive as too much of a shock if the Welshman did in-fact decide to move on sooner rather than later.
And lord knows Manchester United wouldn’t think twice about landing the £85million man in January. The Red Devils look distinctly short of goals in the striking department for the 2015/16 campaign, with Louis van Gaal still seemingly unsure of how best to design his desired starting XI at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney hasn’t registered a truly successful season at the club in quite a while now, Marouane Fellaini just isn’t the man United fans want to see up-top, and Anthony Martial looks good for now – but if van Gaal is forced to over-rely upon the young Frenchman in these very early stages of his career – the long-term impact simply won’t be promising for Manchester United on the whole.
Therefore, whilst the 26-year-old Welshman admittedly may not be tempted to leave the Bernabeu as early as the January transfer window, the Red Devils could well get their hands upon the wide-man sooner rather than later.
Gareth Bale is bound to return among the English top-flight before he hangs up his boots for good – and as Manchester City have already chosen the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne to build their team around this term – Old Trafford remains an ideal destination for Bale should he decide to finally put his La Liga dream behind him.
As is usually the case with most high profile transfer sagas in the modern era, nothing can truly be taken for gospel until signatures are eventually signed on the dotted line, and fresh Manchester United shirts are being held aloft with the name ‘Bale’ proudly printed on the back.