Gareth Bale’s current campaign in the Spanish capital has been a troublesome one, as consistent injuries have kept him out of the Real Madrid starting lineup much more frequently than he would have liked.
The fact that Zinedine Zidane’s men have been performing much more impressively without the Welshman has only added to his worries, and with Isco successfully replacing Bale on the pitch since the ex-Spurs star picked up an injury against Barcelona on April 23, the former most expensive footballer’s future in Madrid is now under serious doubt.
Real president Florentino Perez remains a massive Gareth Bale fan, but with his team playing better football without the 27-year-old, top officials at the La Liga club have now begun contemplating that selling the Wales international this summer would be an ideal decision, as it would also generate funds for Zidane to pursue his own transfer targets.
Therefore, despite Bale not being officially transfer listed just yet, the pace merchant is now more likelier than ever to leave the Bernabeu outfit, with Manchester United rumoured to be his most probable destination.
Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho appears set to completely utilise the upcoming summer transfer window to build a squad capable of competing for major titles next season, and he is expected to be in the market to bring in some world-class reinforcements.
However, the report adds that despite the Portuguese classifying Bale as a fantastic footballer, the Special One continues to see Atletico Madrid talisman Antoine Griezmann as his topmost priority.
Moreover, if Mourinho does consider fitting Bale into his starting lineup, the Wales number 11 will be expected to play wide on the wings – a position for which Jose would rather prefer signing Chelsea’s Willian.
It ultimately seems as if the only way Gareth Bale would become Manchester United’s marquee signing for the summer is if Mourinho fails to sign both Griezmann and Willian, and Real Madrid do agree on offloading their most expensive signing of all time for a reasonable price.
Written by Kunal Kambli