Manchester United are yet to fully dip their toes in the transfer waters of this hot summer window. The Red Devils have, however, cast their eyes on the out-of-favour Real Madrid superstar, Gareth Bale, if the reports from Mirror are to be believed. But the catch is in the decision to try and acquire the Welshman on loan rather than making his signing permanent. The same source suggests season-long loan with an option to extend the deal by a further 12 months is on the cards with a supposed £480,000-a-week contract, putting him neck to neck with the highest Premier League earners. Even though the deal has a nice ring to it, here are two reasons why it’s actually a big mistake.
On the face of it, a loan is a win-win scenario for both, right? It would seem so – Real get rid of their outcast and Manchester United get their test run with the player, having an option to opt out if it doesn’t work. So what’s the problem? There are several, actually. Let’s say that Bale arrives on a loan and lights up the Premier League once again. Excellent, the deal was a success but now Real Madrid want him back and won’t let the Welshman go. Why would they part with a player that’s regaining his form and would be a great addition to the team?
Even if Manchester somehow convince them to sell, with Bale’s new-found form, the price tag suddenly skyrockets and Ed Woodward will easily have to add additional funds to get the deal over the finish line. The same thing happens in the case of the Welshman being bang average during his one year stay at Old Trafford. He was not that good, and Real Madrid still want to sell, but he was also not that bad so the price jumps again.
The final scenario, the one that sees Bale fail at United, is rather self-explanatory. In that case, you send him right back and you’ve spent a fortune in wages that you cannot recuperate through a sale since he’s not your player but rather a loanee. For those reasons alone, this deal makes little sense for the English side. Either buy him or leave him in Spain and that’s it. Besides, indulging Real in their cries and helping them out with their Bale-sized problem should not be Manchester United’s worry.
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Manchester United have already burned themselves with a similar deal that involved Alexis Sanchez, a player that became their top earner but flopped hard in the end. We all know how injury prone Bale is and his appointment would be a huge risk, especially when you factor in his ridiculous wage demands that were mentioned above. But that’s not even the biggest problem in this scenario. Even if he is signed, he will come as a panic buy, a luxury that will aim to appeal to the fans’ outcries and ease the tensions.
But Bale, while still a top player, doesn’t fit the needed profile at the club. United actually have enough wingers, especially with their recent purchase of Daniel James, who’s been signed for a position Bale usually occupies on the pitch. With their big rebuild in process, the Red Devils should focus on signing players that are a necessity rather than a luxury.