Summer is barely upon us and yet we’ve already seen a flurry of transfer rumours already doing the rounds. With Zinedine Zidane returning to the Santiago Bernabeu, one of major players in the transfer market will no doubt be Real Madrid.
With Zidane getting ready to flex Madrid’s financial muscles, it seems that there may well be a few stars who will have to make way and the biggest of these names has surely got to be Gareth Bale (£3.06).
It’s been an interesting six years for Bale. The Welshman has chalked up over 100 goals during his time in Madrid. As well as this, he has scored crucial winners in cup finals and helped Madrid to three Champions League victories along the way. Therefore, you’d be forgiven for thinking that he would be seen as a legend at Los Merengues, but this isn’t quite the case. Bale just can’t seem to endear himself to the Madrid faithful and he has also been hampered by injuries over the past few seasons.
With Eden Hazard (£4.90) looking likely to join Madrid, Zidane appears to be keen on getting Bale off the books once and for all. However, a possible stumbling block could well be his reported wages of around £350,000. If reports are to be believed, Madrid have offered Bale to Tottenham on loan, with the club looking for around £10million to sweeten the deal. The news of a return to the Premier League has had a positive impact on Bale’s price and the Welshman is up 13p since yesterday, whilst also being subject to an increase of nearly 40p over the past week alone.
A return to the Premier League would be massive news for Gareth Bale and whilst he was pipped to a top three finish in the Media Buzz yesterday, he would surely be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to media coverage if the move did go through.
Another man whose Madrid future looks uncertain at this moment of time is James Rodriguez (£1.93). Since catching the world’s eye during World Cup 2014, Rodriguez hasn’t quite lived up to expectations at Madrid. His two-year loan spell at Bayern is now coming to an end and it looks like the Colombian could be another big name out the door. But where will he be going to? PSG and Juventus are current favourites to land Rodriguez, but at a cut price fee of £36million, Chelsea and Man United are also being mentioned as possible destinations. Index traders will no doubt be crossing their fingers that a move to England will materialize, as the promised land of the Premier League would surely have a positive impact on Rodriguez’s value.
With the likes of Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann all looking shoe-ins for a move this summer, we could well be in for one crazy summer of transfer madness.