Following Real Madrid’s 2-1 triumph over Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup, Jose Mourinho abandoned all hopes of signing Gareth Bale.
The star forward had been linked with United all summer, with the Portuguese boss publicly claiming that he would put up a fight in order to make the signing. However, during Tuesday’s post-match conference, Mourinho announced that it was ‘game over’.
But now, Spanish outlet Diario Gol has surprisingly claimed that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has allegedly informed the United boss in private that the Welshman is up for sale.
This contradicts his public stance, which shows that the club has no intention of parting ways with the highly rated forward, who they consider to be amongst the best in the world.
The same source puts the Spanish giant’s asking price at an astounding figure of £180 million. It is interesting to note that Bale joined Los Blancos from Tottenham Hotspur for the then world record fee of £85 million.
Whether or not United will be willing to spend big on the player remains to be seen. Following the collapse of all chances at signing Inter Milan winger Ivan Perišić, the Red Devils are desperate for their fourth summer signing.
The Super Cup encounter saw the English team struggling to create and execute chances up front. While summer signing Romelu Lukaku did manage to find the net, his overall performance was below par of what United would expect. The likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford too, failed to show the kind of clinical forward play that the Spanish giants perfected in the link up of Isco and Bale.
Being able to secure the services of another capable forward would definitely lighten the pressure on the Belgian striker – who has had a very consistent goal scoring record in the Premier League – and contribute significantly to a potential Premier League challenge for the English giants.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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