This year’s summer transfer window had slammed shut. No more players can be transferred until next January. That does not mean the media can stop talking about the next transfer window which is only four months away.
We already have rumours linking Gareth Bale to Manchester United for next season. We know that Ed Woodward tried to sign him since 2013 to no avail, but the effort had been going since Bale was still playing for Southampton.
Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Manchester United were first in queue to sign Gareth Bale from Southampton in 2007 but were let down by officials at St. Mary’s stadium. At that time Bale was still playing at left-back and when he arrived at Tottenham, Harry Redknapp turned him to a wide left player.
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Bale signed for Tottenham in 2007. He spent six years there making a total of 203 appearances and 55 goals for the club. All eyes were on Bale when he made that hat-trick against Inter Milan at the San Siro in the Champions League in 2010. His speed and powerful run were no match to Javier Zanetti and Walter Samuel. Although Tottenham lost 4-3 in that game, they beat Inter 3-1 in the return match at White Hart Lane.
Fabio Capello revealed that Manchester United tried to sign Bale for £100 million in 2013, but the player went public about his desire to play in Spain for Real Madrid. Real paid less then what United had offered Tottenham and it is still a world-record fee of £85 million.
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Since then Bale has enjoyed success by winning a European Cup, Copa del Rey, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup in his first two seasons with Real Madrid. Gareth Bale stated in several interviews that he is happy at Real Madrid and will continue to play for them despite criticism from the fans in his lack of form.
So why Manchester United won’t let him be? The answer to that is maybe because Manchester United has turned to be the biggest global brand in the world that requires them to have the world’s most expensive footballer leading the club.
The new shirt deal with Adidas that worth £750 million for the next ten years enable them to make the biggest offer. United knows that by having Bale in the team would help them regain the Premier League title and possibly the European Cup as well.
Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward may try again next summer to entice Gareth Bale to United. The recent transfer collapse on David de Gea won’t deter them to have another shot. Until then all eyes and ears representing Manchester United will be ready to pick up anything that may be useful to have the Welshman back in British soil.