Manchester United are reportedly trying to sign Gareth Bale. Again. For the second time this summer, and frankly almost the 10th time in the past few years.
It is not a secret that everybody in Old Trafford love the Welsh winger. He has enough dynamism to be a game-changing presence on the attack. And he would fit with the mold of what Jose Mourinho wants this next season. He could feature on the left or right wing, giving the side even more versatility in the final third.
The main difference compared to past years is the fact that a transfer seems like a realistic possibility. Especially with Real Madrid on the verge of signing Kylian Mbappe for a world-record €180 million fee. The arrival of the French wonderkid would give Madrid four starting forwards for only three spots. And since Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are not going anywhere, all signs indicate Bale would be the odd man out.
Perfect Fit For United
If this happens, it would be a great scenario for United. However, Ed Woodward should act quickly to land the coveted winger. It is not out of the question to imagine Manchester City, PSG, or even Tottenham submitting bids for Bale if he were available. But United have been tracking him for quite a while, and they might have a leg above the rest in the pursue of the Welsh. Let’s remember Mourinho already managed Bale when both were at Madrid. And there is no question Mou would be interested to have him back.
The potential arrival of Bale would also give United far more options upfront. With the Welsh moving on both flanks and Romelu Lukaku on a striker role, this would mean there would only be one starting role for several options. Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan would have to fight for playing time, giving the side a huge amount of depth in the final third.
Is There Enough Money To Sign Him?
Of course, Bale won’t be cheap. Considering Real signed him for €91 million a few years ago, they are likely to ask around the same figure to part ways with him. There is a legit question of whether United have enough money to sign him. But after spending nearly €90 million on Lukaku, this shouldn’t be much of a problem.
In this scenario, some players would have to leave the club, though. Marouane Fellaini, Lingard, or even Mata could be options to get some extra money. But there is a chance United can get the Welsh without selling anyone. After all, if United were willing nearly €80 million for Alvaro Morata, and offered €70M for Marco Verratti AFTER they signed Lukaku, it means the club has enough money to land at least one more superstar player.
It remains to be seen what happens in the coming days. But don’t be surprised if United becomes the front-runner to land the Welsh winger in case Mbappe lands at Santiago Bernabeu. The interest is there, and it seems he would fit perfectly at United if he can be had at a reasonable price.