Gareth Bale appeared to refuse to celebrate with his teammates after scoring a penalty in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Levante, and with his future in doubt, United should resist the temptation to make another ‘galactico’-esque signing.
Spanish TV network TeleMadrid (via Sport) have reported Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has placed a £131m price tag on the Welshman’s head, and commercially, that might be a great deal for United – who were credited with an interest in Marca. However, if the club’s fortunes are to turn, they must stop making big-name signings and focus on building squad depth and spreading the money around.
Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku were signed for over £75m each, while chairman Ed Woodward also hired the services of Zlatan Ibrahimović despite his short shelf-life and incredibly high wage demands. They were all successful signings commercially, and, to be fair to him, Pogba is now showing his quality on the pitch, but they aren’t enough to transform a team into title winners.
United’s squad needs the major overhaul required when Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and £131m being splashed on the talented Bale won’t do that job. The money could be spent on two world-class players for example or three to four rising stars for United’s future. Marquee signings are the cherry on the cake and shouldn’t be purchased before the cake’s ingredients have even been mixed together.
Fans would surely love to see Bale at United, but a smart supporter would think of the trophies that can be won in the long run if they spread their funds wisely and build a squad capable of challenging cross-town rivals Manchester City for the title next season.
City’s squad overhaul before the 2017/18 season followed this blueprint and the campaign didn’t turn out too badly for them.
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