Gone are the days of slow and progressive development. Results are demanded immediately and marquee signings are becoming a seasonal occurrence.
A club of Manchester United’s stature, in particular, faces the heavy brunt of pressure to spend, as they have the financial resources despite not necessarily bringing in the big results as a result of said spending.
The saga that has been seasons in the making is that of Gareth Bale to Old Trafford.
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The Welshman renewed fresh interest during his post-Champions League victory remarks, wherein he indicated unhappiness over not being played regularly at Real Madrid despite being fit, and stated that his future will be negotiated in the weeks to come.
Now, El Confidencial (via 101greatgoals) reports that the Red Devils have lodged an official bid to bring Bale to United this summer, with both Ed Woodward and Jose Mourinho in approval.
However, Mourinho wants to take a ‘cautious’ approach to things, and has reportedly warned the club to not spend in excess of £200m on the transfer fee alone. Has to be one hell of a transfer budget for a fee as high as that to be the first indication of overspending.
But it may have to be paid due to necessity, as multiple sources state that the Galacticos are holding out for at least €150m in order to part ways with their Champions League title winner.
The source adds that the contract United are offering the 28-year-old will see him make in excess of €35m-a-year. It is believed that United hope to make a decent amount out of the sale of unhappy Anthony Martial, which will fund part of Bale’s deal.
A marquee signing of this scope may come into question following the departure of Zinedine Zidane. The French gaffer was the one that elected not to play Bale despite the latter being fit, and the question remains whether or not his exit will affect Bale’s own future in Spain.