The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that there is little truth in recent reports regarding the future of Anthony Martial.
The French international forward who arrived at Old Trafford from Monaco in 2015 has struggled for consistency during his career in Manchester thus far, but the flashes of brilliance he sporadically flaunts in the Premier League suggest he is some way off reaching his full potential. However, Martial seems unlikely to realise the full extent of his potential at United as reports in the British media of late have suggested that Mourinho is willing to offload him during the summer transfer window.
Martial’s departure would inevitably pave the way for the arrival of a new left-sided player, but Eden Hazard will certainly not be switching Chelsea for United to reunite with his former boss according to The Daily Mail. Although Hazard’s lack of interest in a move to Old Trafford is disappointing for the Red Devils faithful, it is hardly surprising.
Now that a move for Hazard is out of the question, Mourinho must scan the market for alternative targets to pursue this summer, and one man who should be at the top of his wish list is Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale (valued at £63 million by Transfermarkt). Bale has been tipped with a return to the Premier League in recent seasons, but with Real Madrid looking increasingly likely to instigate an overhaul in their squad this summer, the Welsh international could finally be on the brink of a sensational return to English football.
Bale’s career with Los Blancos has been a tedious stop-start journey of late as a variety of different injury problems have served to stagnate his progress in La Liga. Despite reports linking him with a move away from the club, he has begun to prove his immense quality since the turn of the year by taking his goal-scoring tally to 16 from 36 appearances whilst also providing 8 assists for his teammates.
Fortunately for the 28-year-old, his unique combination of blistering pace and dazzling dribbling remains equally as potent as it was during his spell at Tottenham Hotspur, so there’s no doubt he would settle back into the Premier League like a duck to water.
On his day, Bale can emulate the level of quality set by the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and more recently Mo Salah, and if he can finally banish his nagging injury concerns then United supporters would be in for a genuine treat following his arrival.
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