Gareth Bale’s electrifying performances have taken the footballing world by storm this season.
Seeing him linked with a new club on a daily basis is all part and parcel for a player whose stock has taken a meteoric rise in the past six months.
It seems a talent that has been bubbling gently on the stove for the past five years has finally boiled over, and the top clubs are ready to order. So what next for Bale?
We take at look at some possible destinations for the Welsh wing wizard.
With the uncertain future of Nani, and Ashley Young never managing to find the form which he showed at Villa Park, Bale would have the perfect opportunity to nail himself as United’s first choice wide man.
Bale's breathtaking pace and ball control would complement Van Persie’s clinical finishing and Wayne Rooney’s raw aggression perfectly, and give the Red Devils a dimension many feel they have lacked since Ronaldo’s departure to Madrid.
But Manchester United have huge debts and with Sir Alex’s men sitting pretty at the top of the table, Ferguson may find it hard to justify matching the hefty price tag that Tottenham are guaranteed to slap on the Welshman’s head.
You don’t see a transfer rumour about a world class player these days without seeing them being linked to the Sky Blues. The truth of the matter is Bale would provide width and goals from midfield that City so desperately need. With Scott Sinclair failing to make any impact at the Etihad, and players like David Silva and James Milner looking far more comfortable in a central role, Bale would be a certain starter every week.
Money is never really going to be a problem for City, but Tottenham’s refusal to sell to English rivals may well be. After the Luka Modric to Chelsea saga, it’s hard to see Gareth playing in the Premier league in nothing other than a Lilywhite shirt.
If rumours are true that Bale’s partner would like a move to sunnier climes, a transfer to Madrid is what most fans would put their money on. With Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo being the only accomplished wingers on Los Blancos books, the latter playing more of a strikers role most of the time anyway, then Bale would have a golden opportunity to play alongside some truly world class players and cement himself as one of the best in the world.
With Karim Benzema and Jose Callejon having more than enough pace to keep up with his breathtaking runs, Gareth could finally find the top drawer front men to reap the rewards of his talent.
Madrid have never been scared to splash the cash on top talent before, and with a great relationship built with Tottenham over the Luka Modric transfer, this is one that definitely could materialise.
The thought of Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale together is enough to make any defender wince, but I just cant see this one happening.
With an array of attacking talent that is up for picking at the Nou Camp, it’s hard to see just where Bale would fit in. With Pedro recently signing a new bumper deal and Alexis Sanchez being allowed more time to settle in at the catalan club, a guaranteed starting XI place would not be a given.
Also, with youngsters like Christian Tello already making their mark, it’s hard to see the logic of bringing the Welshman in. However, it would be a dream to see what Bale could do with the artistry players like Xavi, Iniesta and Fabregas.
One thing is for sure, Tottenham will have a fight to keep Bale on their hands.
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