Manchester United’s ambition to sign up some of the world’s leading players shows no sign of slowing down, and reports today suggest that Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is keen on making a move to Old Trafford.
Bale has enjoyed much success since moving to Spain, having won three Champions League and one La Liga title in his four full seasons at the Bernabeu. Despite his time in the Spanish capital often being plagued with injury problems the 28-year-old has posted impressive scoring statistics for Los Blancos, finding the net 60 times in 109 appearances.
However, the notoriously harsh Real support have never quite taken to the Wales international, and he is regularly booed and heckled during home matches.
This season he has again struggled with persistent injury issues and has failed to hold down a regular starting spot in Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI even when fit, leading to question marks over his long-term future at the club.
Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign Bale when he was a youngster at Southampton, and he again turned down a move to Old Trafford when he left Spurs to join Real in 2013. The Red Devils have also been heavily linked with moves for the talented attacker in both of the last summer transfer windows, but he has always maintained his desire to stay in the Spanish capital.
However, a report in the Daily Express today suggests Bale has now decided to return to the Premier League and he feels that United is the place for him to go, due to the club’s sheer persistence in trying to sign him over the years.
Any deal would of course involve a huge financial outlay in terms of a transfer fee and wages, although the Old Trafford giants have shown with their recent signing of Alexis Sanchez that spending huge sums of money on world-class players is not an issue for the club.