A recurring topic of the transfer season is the saga that follows an oft-injured and frustrated Gareth Bale, linking him with Manchester United, that magnet of a club that has sought to sign him from years now.
But after Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph, in which Bale emerged as the unlikely hero with his brace and a memorable bicycle kick, supporters got the most solid hint of a departure.
The player himself stated that he isn’t a fan of waiting on the bench despite being fit, and will discuss his future with his agent in the weeks to come.
This has led several to conclude that it will be Manchester United that will openly welcome the Welshman, while Tottenham, who still possess a clause that will enable them with first rights to sign the 28-year-old should a Premier League club bid for him, are also a favorite.
But it seems likely that a fairytale return to Spurs won’t be on the cards, as his wages of £400,000-per-week are considered to be too high for the London club, as per BBC.
This leaves United as the most financially able club to secure his signature. Their prior interest, coupled with a lack of a specialist up front, all line up quite well for a transfer to Old Trafford.
However, it appears that Bale has a problem. As per The Sun, he has ‘concerns’ regarding the defensive style of play that Jose Mourinho employs at United, and may not be inclined at playing defensively.
This may mean that Mourinho will have to convince the player that a more offensive approach will be taken with him in the side, but anyone who knows the Portuguese gaffer will know how unlikely that seems.
All in all, this may indeed prove to be a point of contention in the forward moving to Manchester, and the bigger question lies in the effectiveness of Mourinho’s hallowed defensive approach.