After being linked with a move all summer, filled with speculation and talk of possible deals, it is likely that long-term Manchester United target Gareth Bale will be making his way to Old Trafford before the curtain falls on the summer transfer window.
This belief, however, is held by Sky Sports pundit Richard Keys, who has proclaimed the move to be all but done throughout the month. In his blog, the expert decided to bring up the issue by stating: “Finally, to address an issue I keep getting asked about – Bale to United.”
Keys went on: “Transfers aren’t a perfect science – but whilst the window remains open that deal has still got a chance and so have the others that there’s been so much speculation about. I believe we’re going to see some really big money spent before the end of August, but exactly where is difficult to be certain about.”
The English sports presenter isn’t alone in his hope to see the Welshman in Red. Supporters of Manchester United have been touting on an Old Trafford move for the 28-year-old ever since he departed to Real Madrid back in 2013.
Furthermore, the then world record signing emerged as a top interest for United boss Jose Mourinho earlier this month. However, when broached on the subject during the Red Devils’ UEFA Super Cup encounter with Los Blancos, the Portuguese announced the deal to be dead.
When asked about the fallout of the deal, Mourinho said: “I think so – clearly the club wants him and he wants the club – game over even before it started – everybody knows he is going to stay.”
With a strong start to their Premier League campaign, which has seen them net 4 goals apiece in two brilliant displays already, United don’t exactly seem wanting for an attacking winger.
The likes of Mkhitaryan and Martial looking eager to deliver stellar performances, which perhaps hints that the Old Trafford faithful don’t really need their fourth summer signing be an attacking one.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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