Manchester United have spent heavily in the ongoing transfer window. We broke the transfer record earlier this summer when we signed Paul Pogba from Juventus in a £89m deal.
The French midfielder became the most expensive football player in the world, eclipsing the previous record of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale when he signed for us.
Now, according to the latest report from Daily Star (via goal.com), we are planning an even bigger outlay for next summer. And the player in question is none other than Gareth Bale.
The report claims that we are ready to spend more than £100m on the Welsh international next summer and once again make him the most expensive player in football.
Now, one should take whatever Daily Star has to say with a pinch of salt as they are not the most reliable source in the football world. To be honest, they seldom get anything right in the transfer market, but one should also keep in mind that Bale makes a very obvious target for us.
We have previously attempted to sign the player on more than one occasion and it won’t be a surprise to me if we launch a bid for him one again. The 27-year-old is of the very few footballers at the moment who can improve any team in the world.
We do have money to spent, and our financial status makes it possible for us to pursue that kind of target every summer. The report also mentions that we intend to use our sponsor Adidas, who also sponsors Bale, to fund the move for the Wales international.
Bale signed for Real, in the world-record deal, the same summer Mourinho departed from the club to join Chelsea. Jose Mourinho has already considerably improved our team with the transfer dealings this summer, and if we manage to acquire someone of the calibre of Bale, it will be a giant step towards becoming a European powerhouse once again.
However, it won’t be easy to convince Madrid into selling one of their top stars to us. Cristiano Ronaldo is slowly but surely inching closer towards the twilight of his career and Real wouldn’t want to lose two of their superstars in quick succession.
Los Blancos are said to be in negotiations with Bale over a new five-year deal. The Spanish giants are ready to offer him £12m-a-year wages in his new contract. Now, we are definitely capable of affording Bale’ wages, but we would need to convince the player quickly into joining us.
If he pens a new deal with Real, it will become nearly impossible for us to manoeuvre a move for him in next summer.