Manchester United must sign Gareth Bale this summer and should sacrifice current record buy Angel Di Maria to push through a swoop, according to Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas.
The Reds Devils have been heavily linked on multiple occasions with a stunning move to lure the Welshman back to the Premier League just two years after his world record £86m move from Spurs to Real Madrid.
Despite his debut campaign having been a success, Bale’s future is currently the subject of some doubt, with reports having suggested that Bernabeu officials are considering his status in the squad.
United are one of the only sides on the planet capable of funding a transfer for the most expensive footballer in the history of the game, and Nicholas believes that they should do all they can to get him, even if that means Di Maria has to be sacrificed:
“If you want to make a serious statement, then you need to throw everything at getting Gareth Bale.” He is quoted by The Express.
“He’s the sort of player that can create a massive excitement and help United make an immediate impact when they return to the Champions League.
“I think Bale would be open to returning to the Premier League, even if he wouldn’t say it.
“United can say to him, ‘you’ve been successful in Spain winning the Champions League but after your ups and downs, you can come here and be our Ronaldo, rather than playing second fiddle’.
“They need to offload [Angel] Di Maria, who came in and offered a lot of energy but now doesn’t seem totally committed like he did at Real Madrid.”
Bale was the Premier League’s player of the season prior to his move to Real.