Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is reportedly considering a shock move to Manchester United in the summer.
Spanish outlet Diario Gol have reported that Gareth Bale wants to move on from Real Madrid in the summer, and is considering a shock transfer to Manchester United.
Bale has established himself as one of the finest players in the world ever since sealing a move to Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. Having forged one of the most potent attacking trios with Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, he has become a dangerous presence in front of goal.
This season, Bale has been at his best again, despite missing three months of action due to an ankle injury. The 27-year-old has played just 22 matches in all competitions for Real Madrid in 2016/17, but still has impressive numbers of 9 goals and 4 assists to boast of from those games.
He recently committed his long-term future to Real Madrid as well, by putting pen to paper on a new deal that ties him up at the Santiago Bernabeu till 2022. However, if the latest reports are anything to go by, all does not seem to be well in the Spanish capital.
That is because Bale seems to be pushing for a move to Manchester United, a club that has been targetting the Welshman for a long time. The reason for that is Bale is tired of playing second fiddle to Ronaldo, having been initially promised by Florentino Perez that he’ll be the player taking centre stage for Los Blancos.
However, it has been four years since he sealed the then-world record £86 million move to Real Madrid and he still continues to live in Ronaldo’s shadows. Bale is eager to win the Ballon d’Or, but he believes that won’t be possible as long as Ronaldo continues to hog the limelight at the Bernabeu.
He is, thus, ready to move to Manchester United, where Jose Mourinho is keen to sign a marquee player in the summer. The likes of Neymar and Antoine Griezmann have been heavily linked as well, but if Bale is willing to move to Old Trafford in the summer, the Manchester United boss could have his marquee name in the Welshman.
Indeed, the 27-year-old will bring a lot of value to the Manchester United squad, where he can form one of the most dangerous attacking quartets in the world with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
It now remains to be seen how things develop in the coming months, but if Ronaldo continues to stay put at Real Madrid, we could well see Bale moving on in the summer.