Manchester United could offer Argentine international Angel di Maria to Real Madrid as they attempt to sign Gareth Bale this summer, according to ex-Liverpool man Dietmar Hamann.
As reported by talkSport, Hamann has backed the Welshman after his disappointing performance in the Champions League semi-final against Juventus this past week, claiming that the player's still attempting to get back to full fitness.
Hamann, though, has insisted that Bale's biggest problem at the Bernabeu is his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. In fact, the former Premier League ace believes that there isn't room for both Ronaldo and Bale in the Spanish capital.
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“I wouldn’t be too concerned with Gareth Bale’s performance against Juventus," Hamann told talkSPORT. "I know he had a poor game but he had been out for a few weeks.
“Sometimes these players, who rely on their pace, can take a few weeks to get back to full speed.
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“A bigger issue is the problem with Cristiano Ronaldo. I don’t think there’s space for the two of them. Ronaldo has scored 54 goals this season, he is their main player. I just don’t think there’s a place for both of them.
“Last year they seemed to get on well, Bale had a decent season and scored more than 20 goals. The fans gave him some stick before Christmas though, and his confidence seems to have gone. I don’t know whether he’s homesick or there is something wrong."
Di Maria swap?
As well as insisting that Bale's confidence is low, Hamann has also revealed that he would be surprised if the former Tottenham man stayed in Spain this summer, claiming that Manchester United will be on alert.
And after Di Maria's troubles in his debut season on English soil, Hamann believes there may be the opportunity for a swap deal, with the Argentine returning to Madrid.
He continued by saying: “There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment. The way it’s going, I would be very surprised if he was at Real Madrid next season. Manchester United will be on red alert.
“Angel di Maria came from Real Madrid and there may be the opportunity to do a swap deal. I would love to see Gareth Bale back in the Premier League.”
A shock, but worth a try
In truth, it would be a major shock if Real handed Bale the opportunity to return to the Premier League this summer. Of course, his recent struggles in Spain have been well documented, but the player appears to be determined to succeed in La Liga.
Ultimately, this season hasn't gone to plan for the versatile forward, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the time is right for him to return to England.
You can hardly blame Manchester United for targeting the player, though. At the end of the day, Bale would prove a remarkable signing for the Red Devils, so the club's hierarchy should at least attempt to complete a deal in the upcoming window.
Bale would certainly add a new dimension in the attack at Manchester United, but there may well be a long summer ahead for both player and club.
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