Even though Wales may not be in the World Cup this summer, one player who still looks likely to be in the news is Gareth Bale. The Welsh icon jumped up by a very cool 25p margin yesterday leaving him at £4.39 on the Index this morning. This movement came on the back of continued news reports that Real Madrid and Bale are both ready to part ways with one another this summer.
In fairness to Bale, he has performed very well for Madrid over the past five seasons and despite some recent niggling injury troubles, his goals to games ratio remain very impressive; hitting nearly a goal every two games for Los Merengues. Since arriving at the Bernabeu for a record at the time of around £85million, Bale has played a pivotal role in Madrid’s recent period of success. He has scored crucial goals in cup finals including a Champions League final and a sublime match-winner in the 2014 Copa Del Rey final against Barcelona. Yet, despite Bale’s brilliance, it does seem as though Madrid aren’t going to stand in his way this summer.
Madrid have a tendency of letting some of their biggest star names leave in order to free up funds for a new big-money signing. Mesut Ozil (£2.51) and Angel Di Maria (£1.69) are just two examples of world-class players who have been quickly shifted on in order to allow room for a new star (in Ozil’s case it was actually to make room for Bale!) With Madrid makings admiring glances at the likes of Eden Hazard and Mo Salah, it seems that Bale could well be the sacrificial Welsh lamb this time around. But where would his most likely destination be?
Man United have been mentioned in the frame for some time, but with their recent signing of Alexis Sanchez (£4.11), they may be well stocked up front at this moment in time. Nonetheless, you can pretty much guarantee that Old Trafford will crop up as a possible destination at some point this Summer. Manchester City will also fancy their chances of bringing in Bale and they’ve certainly got the finances to get this one over the line.
Perhaps the most intriguing possibility would be a fairytale return to White Hart Lane. Tottenham would surely welcome back Bale with open arms and he would give Spurs that extra edge in their title pursuit; the only stumbling block I can see for a move to Tottenham would be the price tag. Although Tottenham have recently opened the purse strings a little more, it’s hard to see them obliterating their record transfer fee and coughing up anywhere near the £80million mark that Madrid would hope to recoup.
Bale’s teammate Cristiano Ronaldo (£8.70) continued his own decent run of form on the Index, as he surged up by 15p yesterday and he continues to notch up some buzz in the media, although he couldn’t quite muster a podium finish yesterday.
Back to Bale and with a move to England looking like his most likely destination, it seems as though we could be hearing his name mentioned quite a bit in the near future. As such, it won’t take long for this particular transfer rumour to start snowballing!