The Man Utd fans in the Transfer Tavern have been loving the rate at which their side has landed big names in recent yers. Over two successive summers, the Red Devils signed Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, and so, naturally, fans are hoping for another big name to complete the set.
That could happen, at least according to a report in the Sun earlier this week, who reported that the Red Devils could look to take advantage of Gareth Bale’s situation at Real Madrid. The Welshman doesn’t appear to have a very promising future at the club, despite his Champions League final heroics, and so Mourinho has clearly been alerted.
However, a move for Bale – who has 70 international caps for Wales – makes little sense for the Red Devils, and our landlord has even suggested that a move for the 28-year-old would be an even greater mistake than one of Man Utd’s recent offensive transfer disasters – Memphis Depay.
Bale, like Depay, is clearly very talented – but it’s hard to suggest that he will deliver back in the Premier League. The Spanish game is very different, and he’s no longer at an age in which he can completely change his game like he did when he first went to Madrid. Not to mention, Bale has also had his fair share of injury problems in Spain, and the physical nature of the English top flight could prove problematic in that regard.
Furthermore, though clearly in different categories, both are expensive, and so financially, a move for Bale draws parallels with Depay.
Bale, though, also has his own set of challenges that are unique to him that should also put Man Utd off. He’s far older – at 28-years-old – and so there is an inherent risk to his signing. Furthermore, he’d also have little resale value if things don’t work out, and that’s a luxury that Man Utd did have with Depay.
Clearly, then, bringing in Bale would be a huge risk – and it’s not one that Man Utd should take. They need to learn from their prior mistakes, and built for the future the right way.
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