Manchester United will not stop looking at the transfer market in an effort to improve the squad ahead of the upcoming season.
The Red Devils already added Victor Lindelöf and Romelu Lukaku during the transfer window. But they are far from over doing business. Several names remain on Jose Mourinho’s shortlist, and one that stands out is Ivan Perisic. The Croatian winger remains with Inter Milan, but Mourinho seems to be eager to land him despite his elevated price tag.
At this point, it seems Mourinho wants to add a new winger into the squad. But what if The Special One started to target other players instead of Perisic? At least they could do the due diligence on several names, such as Felipe Anderson and Anderson Talisca. But one name that has been mentioned of late is Gareth Bale, the former Tottenham player who currently stars for Real Madrid.
Buy Or Sell?
First of all, this is nothing more than a rumour. There has not been an official offer from United to land Bale. But it is not a secret that The Red Devils love the Welsh international. They have been linked with a move for him ever since he was a coveted left back at Tottenham. But at that time, no one expected him to become one of the best forwards in the world. There is no question his presence would give United a threat on the left wing that we have not seen since the days of Ryan Giggs.
So, yes: Bale is a better option than Perisic. And there is a rumour that he might be had for the right price. After all, Bale has not delivered as expected in Madrid. And Los Merengues might try to sell him in an attempt to add another Galactico player such as Eden Hazard or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But does that mean United needs to break the bank to sign him?
How Much Would Perisic and Bale Cost?
First, let’s look at the transfer fee for both players. Perisic is valued at €30 million per Transfermarkt. However, Inter are not keen to accept anything less than €50M for the 28-year-old. Meanwhile, Bale is valued at €80M so Real Madrid are definitively going to ask for a lot more money in a potential deal.
Bale obviously talked about United’s potential interest, and he was politically correct about it. “I am happy playing in Madrid, logically interest is interest, but if there has been nothing concrete, no offer, there is nothing to discuss,” he said.
Honestly, United should stay away from Bale. He will be extremely expensive, as evidenced by the negotiations conducted with Real to sign Alvaro Morata. It wouldn’t be surprising if Real Madrid ask for around €100 million only to begin talks, and that’s too much money. That same amount of money could deliver Perisic and another quality player, perhaps another defender or another central midfielder.
Bale might be good, but he is not going to solve United’s woes on other ends of the pitch. And the team needs to fill other needs thinking about their participation in the UEFA Champions League next season.