Manchester United are believed to be interested in signing Real Madrid’s Welsh superstar Gareth Bale.
As Gareth Bale is preparing to lead his Wales squad to a long tournament run in France, back home in Great Britain, he is sought after by Manchester United. According to a report in the Express, Manchester United are preparing a £94m deal in an attempt to land Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. But, it would take a lot more than just the bid as the report goes on to say that Bale will have to himself be willing to move to Manchester United in order for the transfer to happen.
Manchester United have been closely observing the 26-year-old’s situation at Real Madrid and they believe that they have the required funds and backing from the board to sign the superstar provided that he is willing to make a return to England. The ex-Southampton winger who made a name for himself in England at Tottenham Hotspurs, transferred to Real Madrid in 2013 on a world record transfer fee of £85.3 million that still stands as the highest fee paid for a transfer.
Do Manchester United really need Gareth Bale?
As Jose Mourinho begins to fortify his Manchester United squad by signing a central defender, Eric Bailly, they have to keep in mind the areas of improvement they need to focus on the most. In the past few years, Manchester United have often found themselves taking an unbalanced squad in the past few years into a new season where they’ve either had too many attacking options or too few.
The need of the hour for Manchester United is to strengthen their central midfield and defence. One might argue the point seeing how Manchester United finished the season with their lowest goal tally ever in Premier League history. But, it is important to note that Jose Mourinho already has good attacking options like Martial, Rashford, Januzaj, Rooney and Herrera in the mix. If there is a position where they need a marquee signing, it’s in the centre of the field where they haven’t been able to control the game in the past couple of seasons.
With news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is possibly on his way to Manchester United, his arrival at Old Trafford would probably suffice for the attacking options. Having said that, any team would like to have Gareth Bale in their line-up, but giving the price quoted, £94m, it would be too big a risk for Manchester United to take in a season where their main aim is to first get back into the top 4 and then continue further with their trophy winning ambitions.