Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is in line to be at the centre of a three-way, £75 million transfer battle between a trio of England’s biggest clubs this summer.
The Daily Mail, drawing on the latest reports from Spain this morning claim that the Wales international is wanted by Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, despite the fact only the former club appeared to be contenders for his signature.
Bale has endured something of a season to forget in the Spanish capital, having been booed and harangued at times for what fans deem unsatisfactory performances.
He bagged the winning goals in both the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals last year, but that doesn’t appear to have been enough to endear him beyond reproach with regards to the Santiago Bernabeu faithful.
As a result the transfer rumour-mill has kicked into overdrive, with a return to the Premier League the most frequently offered piece of speculation. The player himself recently reiterated a desire to remain and fight for recognition at Real, but Florentino Perez might just see him as the ideal pawn to sell in order to fund a move for the next Galactico.
Both Eden Hazard and Marco Reus have been mooted as potential big-money targets ahead of Real’s annual spending spree. The pair have each signed new long-term contracts recently, but there’s not many clubs who can afford to deny Perez when his millions come knocking.
That said it’s believed Carlo Ancelotti is keen to keep Bale, and so the 25-year-old’s future might be decided on whether or not the Italian is retained in the Bernabeu hot-seat. £75 million is a lot of money after all, and even Real aren’t beyond the rules of Financial Fair Play.
The three suitors
It would appear though that Chelsea, United and City believe themselves capable of raising such cash without overstepping the mark, with all three in positive financial positions. Chelsea look set to win the Premier League, and the money that comes with that, plus they boast the backing of billionaire Roman Abramovich, whilst United have a £750m Adidas kit sponsorship deal to come into effect and City’s resources need no introduction.
On top of that all three could benefit from the arrival of Bale, who has continued to enhance his reputation at Real. A Chelsea attack that combined both Bale and Hazard would surely make the Blues one of the most feared teams in Europe, whilst United will boast Champions League football again next year and City look set to undergo a reshuffle.
Chelsea, United and City fans, who should Bale join if he leaves Real Madrid? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments box below.
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