Jose Mourinho’s recent comments about Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale have seriously excited the punters propping up the bar in the Transfer Tavern ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
With the Welshman strongly touted for a move to Old Trafford over the last few seasons, the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ dropped the clearest hint yet a deal could be on the cards. Indeed, despite his injury problems, the 28-year-old remains one of the very best players in the world and his arrival would surely make the Red Devils title favourites.
Still, as ever with this particular rumour, our resident Red Devils aren’t getting too excited. Bale is frequently linked with a move to the Theatre of Dreams, though it’s not come to fruition yet, so it’s important to temper expectations.
Which is why reports from the Independent have proven so interesting. They claim if United cannot land a winger – either Bale or Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic – they could make a move for a left-back instead, in order to strengthen their wide options.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose is reportedly a target and, while Spurs are presumably quite unlikely to sell, there is understood to be a feeling that every player has their price under Daniel Levy as the north London outfit prepare for their stadium move.
Mourinho is believed to be open to deploying a three-man defence next term and the England international can operate as a wing-back, giving the team natural width.
As you can imagine, while he may not be Bale, the idea of seeing Rose arrive at United has pleased our resident Red Devils.
Funnily enough, trying to get Rose out of Tottenham may prove to be just as complicated as any move for Bale. Indeed, Daniel Levy is renowned for his hard selling and the idea of letting another key player go to a Premier League rival could only further that.
Rose would give United tactical fluidity, though Bale would surely give them the title.