The Gareth Bale saga took another major twist in recent days with Manchester United re-entering the race for the Welshman's signature before the transfer window closes. What's puzzling is of course how journalists chose to believe David's Moyes' non-denial, on an attempt to lure Bale to United, as a signal that United made a bid for Bale rather than just a simple reply not meant to mean anything.
While United fans may be drooling on the fact that Bale may appear on the team sheet within the next few days and even don the iconic number 7, eyebrows shall be raised about the price the Old Trafford side has to pay for his service.
With Real Madrid offering 2 different deals, and both seemingly not 'good enough' to tempt Tottenham, it'll be quite a shocker if United can offer something similar or better than the two over-valued packages.
If United were to have to pay £100 million just to secure Bale's signature, I think that they should just forget about it and move on. The whole saga and trouble just to table a bid is just not worth it at all. The one century of millions could be easily spent on other much more beneficial activities like youth development programmes or even securing other top players. Taking the market situation, if Bale were to move at £100 million, it will produce an equation as such:
Gareth Bale = Fernandinho(£30m) + Neymar(£49m) +Thiago Alcantara(£21m)
Or, to make things even more simple,
Gareth Bale = Cristiano Ronaldo (£80m) + Robin van Persie (£20m)
It just gets crazier if you start to think about how many Barcelona players you could buy - Xavi, Iniesta, Pique, etc. (excluding Lionel Messi)
Nevertheless, the whole Gareth Bale situation is getting out of hand. Plus, since Tottenham have been making several signings, it is quite obvious that they are resigned to losing Bale this year. Otherwise, it wouldn't make economic sense to keep spending your cash when your revenue is not enough to cover all the expenses.
Hence, this deal with United, would most likely come through if:
United offer a player in exchange (most obvious player to be traded would be Nani)- an exchange of player in the same position plus 30 million would definitely be better than receiving a large sum of cash to spend as everyone would be aware of your treasure chest and that making any move for any player once you receive the money would only mean that you will have to pay a hefty premium price.
United fans will be thrilled with the prospect of Bale joining the club. However, if it means they will have to splash the cash excessively, they would surely rather have Tottenham keep Bale unhappy in the team and not performing for the club due to low morale before coming back to United with a lower fee in the future.
My verdict: Gareth Bale will move to United, eventually. The signs are there:
*Ryan Giggs is retiring(soon-probably)
*Number 7 is vacant
*United have no properly fit LM at the moment
*Real Madrid failing to make a bid big enough to attract Spurs
Come 2nd September, we'll see Bale move. The only question left is .... where?
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