According to The Independent Gareth Bale‘s first choice if he returns to U.K. shores is Manchester United although there is now much more doubt over whether the Premier League side would do a deal.
Bale gave what looked to be the ultimate parting gift by winning the European Cup final against Liverpool with two goals, one of them among the greatest ever seen in the fixture, before then admitting he has to consider his future after a season where he has been in and out of the side.
Bale was only a substitute, before winning the game with an overhead kick. And speaking after the game the Welshman said: “I need to be playing week in, week out, and that’s not happened this season.I had an injury five, six weeks into the season but I’ve been fit ever since,I have to sit down with my agent in the summer and discuss it.”
Real manager Zinedine Zidane then admitted Bale’s situation is “complicated”, but it could be even more complicated to get the deal he wants and the article adds that there has been mutual interest between United and Bale since 2012, and the Old Trafford club did threaten Madrid for his signature in 2013.
The possibility of a deal has been mooted in recent times, and looked like it might finally happen last summer, as Jose Mourinho then publicly acknowledged it around the 2017 Super Cup however all sides couldn’t come to an agreement and United’s interest has since then greatly cooled.
United feal that a deal for Bale would be too high-priced – both in terms of a fee and wages, given his total package sees him earn around £600,000 a week – and given his age (28) and recent injury problems, such a move is also much more unlikely after the mid-season signing of Alexis Sanchez.
The article goes on to say that United’s priority is no longer an attacker, especially in a summer where they are set to spend big on other positions, although Bale’s star power could yet prove persuasive for the right deal.
It adds that Bale is now said by Madrid sources to greatly want a move to Old Trafford, and has discussed with the figures in the Bernabeu dressing room he is friendly with.
And of a triumphant return to Tottenham Hotspur? well the article adds that sources close to Spurs say he is considered far too expensive, and would greatly have to reduce wage demands for any deal to even be remotely possible.
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