Gareth Bale won’t be moving to Manchester United with the club considering three things, according to reports. The Wales international looks set to leave Real Madrid. And it’s Tottenham who are currently in pole position to secure his signature.
Bale rejected Manchester United’s advances when they came calling in 2013, instead choosing to join Real Madrid.
And, though he’s endured a difficult past two years in the Spanish capital, he’s been a big Bernabeu hit.
The 31-year-old has won every major trophy possible during his time with the La Liga giants, including two league titles and four Champions League crowns.
Now, however, he’s widely expected to join Tottenham – with Daniel Levy ‘obsessed’ the the prospect of bringing the club’s former No 11 back to north London.
And the Evening Standard say United always had doubts about signing Bale with three things considered.
The first is his age.
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United have put young talent at the forefront of their rebuilding job under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with all of their signings under the Norwegian aged 26 or under.
They’ve moved away from signing players in the peak or twilight years of their careers, especially after seeing Alexis Sanchez toil following his arrival from Arsenal in January 2018.
And Bale would go against the ideology Solskjaer has been looking to install at the club ever since his appointment as Jose Mourinho’s replacement.
A second thing United have considered is Bale’s injury record.
The Wales international has had recurring ankle, thigh and calf problems over the past two years, missing plenty of action as a result.
And the third thing United had doubts over was his playing record, with Bale suffering a huge dip in form over in Spain.
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Bale scored just three goals and registered two assists from 20 games last term, having found the net 14 times and clocked up seven assists the previous season.
But United’s loss appears to be Tottenham’s gain, with the north London giants growing increasingly confident they’ll be able to bring the 31-year-old back to the capital.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol has claimed Bale returning to Spurs is ‘possible’ at the current moment in time.
“The question that a lot of Tottenham supporters have been asking over the years, is there a possibility that Gareth Bale could return to Spurs?” he told The Transfer Show.
“I think that is possible. It depends how much they want him, it depends how much they show him and his representatives that they want him, and of course, the most important factor is his wages.
“Can Spurs afford to pay his wages, even if they are subsidised? Even if Real Madrid are paying half his wages, would a club like Spurs want to be paying £250,000 to £300,000-a-week for a 31-year-old player?
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“If Spurs want him, if they were to make a move for him, I think he would definitely consider it in the same way he would if Manchester United were to make a move for him.
“As far as Bale is concerned, Real Madrid have pressed the delete button. As far as they are concerned, he doesn’t exist anymore.
“The Spanish media are reporting that his shirt has been removed from the Real Madrid club shop in Madrid. There are no pictures or footage of him on their social media feeds. He’s obviously not training at the moment. He returned from international duty with a knee injury so he’s on his own in the gym at Real Madrid.
“Real are basically sending out the message – a message that was already pretty clear anyway because Zinedine Zidane wasn’t picking him – that he does not have a future at the club.
“They want him to leave, they want to get his massive wages, which are between £500,000 and £600,000-a-week, off their books.”
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