In Focus: Manchester United can afford Bale, but why leave Real Madrid?

Real Madrid would be open to selling Gareth Bale to Manchester United if the Premier League giants offered £88m, reports Spanish outlet Diario Gol.

What’s the story?

This is not the first time that Bale has been linked to the Red Devils and is unlikely to be the last.

So far, the Spanish giants have been adamant that they intend to keep hold of the Wales international.

Diario Gol claims, though, that the 27-year-0ld does have a price, and that is just shy of the world-record £89m that United paid to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus last summer.

It has been reported that if Jose Mourinho’s club were to stump up the cash, then the funds would be used by Madrid to sign Monaco teen sensation Kylian Mbappe.

Is this a likely transfer?

Stories of Galacticos moving to the Premier League tend to be taken with a pinch of salt, and even though Bale came from the English game, the same approach needs to be taken in this instance.

There were always going to be rumblings of a possible exit for the Welshman after last season.

Injury problems hampered the winger’s campaign, restricting him to just 24 starts in all competitions.

During his time on the treatment table, Isco impressed manager Zinedine Zidane, so much so that he earned a starting spot for the Champions League final while Bale had to settle for a place on the bench.

Despite this, the former Tottenham Hotspur player has not given any inkling that he wants to leave the Bernabeu.

Why would he go anyway?

Unless it gets to a point where he spends the entire season on the bench, there is no reason why Bale should leave Madrid.

He has world-class ability to force his way back into a regular spot with a clean bill of health.

Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world, but currently, Bale has more opportunities to win silverware at the Bernabeu and the bookmakers’ odds are reflective of that.

In just four years in Spain, the Southampton academy product has won three Champions League trophies, the La Liga title, the Copa del Rey, the Club World Cup and two Super Cups.

As mentioned, the only reason to leave the club from a football point of view would be if he is rotting on the bench or coming to the end of his career, but neither of those scenarios are reality.