In Focus: Bale would be huge for Chelsea, but worth the risk of upsetting Tottenham?

Real Madrid are willing to sell Gareth Bale, with Chelsea and Manchester United interest in the Welshman, according to Marca.

What’s the word?

The 28-year-old has appeared in the transfer gossip pages pretty much every summer since he joined Los Blancos in 2013.

Manchester United have regularly been linked to Bale, but now, Marca claims that Chelsea have shown an interest.

It is believed that the Spanish giants have asked a few Premier League clubs if they would be open to buying him for £90m.

The Spanish publication reports that manager Zinedine Zidane is willing to offload Bale in order to make room for Monaco star Kylian Mbappe.

Would Bale fit in at Chelsea?

A player of the winger’s calibre would boost any team that he joined, and that includes the current English champions.

Across four years in Madrid, Bale has won eight trophies, including three Champions League crowns and the La Liga title.

Bale would add to Chelsea’s winning mentality and would provide a major goal threat having scored 54 league goals since his 2013 arrival in Spain.

However, his past with Tottenham Hotspur could make a switch to Chelsea rather tricky.

Bale developed his craft over a seven-year spell at White Hart Lane, so it would feel like a kick in the stomach for Spurs fans if he were to join another London club.

However, it has happened before; a relatively recent example would be when Cesc Fabregas joined Chelsea in 2014 despite his association with Arsenal.