Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has said that a mooted world-record deal involving Manchester United and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is “not going to happen”.
The Red Devils have been linked with the Welshman for much of 2015 amid suggestions that the player’s relationship with the La Liga club and the Bernabeu crowd had soured.
Although the summer transfer window is now edging towards its close, reports have claimed that United are lining up a stunning world-record move for the ex-Spurs man, who is the most expensive footballer in the history of the game following his switch to his current club in 2013 for a fee of £86m.
However, Balague – who is an expert on Spanish football – has scrapped any suggestions of such a transfer going ahead:
“Forget about Gareth Bale going to the Premier League. End of. It’s not going to happen.” He told talkSPORT.
Balague even went on to suggest that Bale will be deployed in a more central role under new manager Rafa Benitez – a position his flourished in at Spurs:
“Bale was playing in the centre [against Spurs] and that’s the plan – to make that work. He will play more centrally, next to [Cristiano] Ronaldo to see how that works.”