Manchester United and Chelsea are both considering cancelling their plans to attempt to sign Gareth Bale this summer due to the Welshman’s poor recent form.
According to The Sun neither club have been impressed with his latest showings, and the fact that he will cost at least £80 million is a huge deterrent.
Real Madrid stance
The latest reports detail how Los Blancos chief Florentino Perez isn’t ready to entertain any figure below that mark, and given how clubs are struggling to adhere to the Financial Fair Play rules enforced by FIFA, it might just be too much.
The Wales international was considered one of the world’s inform superstars last year when he grabbed the winning goal in not only the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona but also the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.
Such a dazzling debut campaign in the Spanish capital had many accepting that he was the rightful heir to Real’s golden boy, the irresistible Cristiano Ronaldo, but it would seem that second-season syndrome has kicked in with aplomb.
In his last few outings Bale has been ostracised by fans and his latest showing, during Real’s 2-1 loss to Juventus in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday, resulted in former United captain Roy Keane laying into him live on air. Bale’s agent was quick to hit back, suggesting that there was no problem with the 25-year-old in Spain.
Possibility of a sale
However, unless he’s producing the goods on the pitch question marks are always going to hang over his future at the Santiago Bernabeu, where necessary standards are ridiculously high. It would appear now that suitors might not be as forthcoming as expected, with Chelsea and United previously thought to be his biggest admirers.
It can be safely assumed that if Bale was added to Jose Mourinho’s title-winning Blues squad they’d be automatic favourites to retain their crown as well as hope to bridge the gap between England’s elite and those who occupy the slots in the latter stages of the Champions League.
FFP rulings mean that if Bale were to be purchased he’d probably be the only arrival, and even then Mourinho would have to raise money through the sale of players currently on his books.
Meanwhile United are set to be lucratively endorsed by Adidas this summer as a result of their new kit sponsorship deal, said to be to the tune of £750m, but whether or not Van Gaal wants to take such a huge chunk out of his budget on one man remains to be seen.
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