Louis van Gaal’s ambitious dream of taking Gareth Bale to Old Trafford might not yet be dead in the water, despite the evidence pointing heavily to the contrary.
According to information in the Daily Express, citing sources in Spain, a world-record deal that would see Bale return to the Premier League could yet be manufactured, as Carlo Ancelotti has ambitions to take Marco Reus to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Bale rumours still around
For some time now rumours have inferred that Bale is on the radar at Old Trafford as Van Gaal sets about trying to form a team capable of challenging the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City for the title.
A bid of £120 million is supposedly what it would take for Los Blancos to play ball in negotiations over their winger’s transfer, but when asked on the subject Van Gaal himself appeared interestingly tight-lipped.
Reus in for Bale?
Furthermore recent speculation has suggested that all might not be as harmonious as it seems in Madrid for the Wales international, with Bale having caused frustration for his one-directional style of play. Though he clearly has the backing of his manger it’s believed certain teammates would rather see him look to link up more rather than burst forward on his own.
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In this respect Reus is the ideal replacement if a sale was to ever take place. The Bundesliga star is usually the focal point of Borussia Dortmund’s decisive breakaways and often finds himself the master puppeteer when it comes to exacting out the orders of Jurgen Klopp.
With a mooted release clause of just £20 million Madrid could buy Reus six times over with the money they could command from Bale’s transfer, which the Express claim is enough to ensure that they think twice before outright rejecting any offer from England.
As recently as last week Bale himself laughed off speculation backing the notion that his days with Real were numbered, and the general consensus is that he will be there for a good many years to come.
Nevertheless whilst Ancelotti harbours interest in Reus the rumours persist in doing the rounds, and with United desperate to restore their former glory a colossal bid for one of the world’s brightest talents can’t be definitively put to bed.