The Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur supporters have been feeling positive in the Transfer Tavern so far this week after watching their respective side’s record huge wins in the Premier League last weekend.
Jose Mourinho’s side have suffered a handful of blows to their pride this season, but they avoided facing one of the darkest days in their history as they overturned a 2 goal deficit to record a priceless 3-2 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last weekend. A defeat would have seen City clinch the Premier League trophy with just 6 fixtures left to spare, so it’s no wonder the Red Devils faithful were absolutely ecstatic by the result.
Meanwhile in Staffordshire, Mauricio Pochettino’s side strengthened their grip on the top-four with a gutsy 2-1 victory over a relegation-threatened Stoke City side at the Bet365 Stadium. The three-points have more or less secured their place in the Champions League next season after Chelsea could only muster a draw against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.
Although both sides will be pleased that a place in the Champions League has effectively been secured, they will be disappointed that they could not match the standard set by the league-leaders this season. The signing of new talent will be imperative if the aforementioned clubs wish to improve next season, and recent reports from AS suggest that both Spurs and United could be in with a chance of signing Gareth Bale next summer.
Speaking ahead of the Madrid derby which finished 1-1 at the Bernabeu, Zidane confirmed that Bale has been feeling “a bit down” after he was left as an unused substitute during Los Blancos’ 3-0 win over Juventus in Turin last week. Bale returned to first-team action against Atletico Madrid on Sunday afternoon and provided an assist for Ronaldo to open the scoring, but there’s no doubt that Zidane’s decision to leave him on the bench against Juventus will be causing the Welshman to consider his future at the club.
Spurs are a club close to Bale’s heart as he made his name in European football during a 6-year spell with the Lilywhites, and the potential of returning to the club is one which will certainly appeal to him ahead of the transfer window. Although no official interest has been confirmed by the club, they will certainly be monitoring his progress towards the end of the season now that his happiness in Madrid has been called into question.
Meanwhile, United are a club who simply have to improve in the summer, and signing players of Bale’s calibre will be absolutely necessary if they wish to match the standard set by their local-rivals next season.
Zidane’s admission by no means confirms that Bale is on his way out of the club, but it proves that he is becoming increasingly unsettled in Madrid, and based on the premise that United and Spurs have the financial resources to complete a deal for his services, supporters should expect to see a tug-of-war between the two clubs during the summer transfer window.
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