Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has always remained firm on the stance that he wants to sign four players this summer. So far, the self-proclaimed Special One has made three acquisitions. However, he could have just dropped a massive hint as to who the fourth man he is chasing is…
That man is Gareth Bale. Recent reports have linked the Red Devils with a potential move to tempt the Real Madrid superstar into making a move back to the Premier League; and now Jose Mourinho has revealed that he is keen, but it all depends on whether the Spanish giants want to keep him or not.
“Well if he’s playing tomorrow, no I wouldn’t think that, it would be because he’s in the coach’s plans and the club’s plans, because he also has that motivation to continue at Real Madrid.”
“So I haven’t even thought about the possibility.”
“If he is not in the club’s plans, that with the arrival of another player would mean he was on his way out, I will try to be waiting for him on the other side and fight with other coaches that would want him on their team.” Jose Mourinho is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“But if he plays tomorrow, that is the best confirmation that he is still wanted by the team.”
I guess all the eyes of the media will be focused on the release of the starting line-ups tomorrow evening then. This is the clearest indication we’ve been given that Manchester United would want to sign the Welsh winger, but the ball is firmly in Real Madrid’s court.
If he starts tomorrow, it’ll put these rumours to bed immediately, but imagine the meltdowns that’ll happen all over social media if the 28-year-old isn’t involved at all.
For me, he’d be the perfect signing for Manchester United to make. Bale has Premier League experience, and has proven himself at the highest level both domestically and internationally. This is a man who is amongst the best players on the planet, and he’d improve any team in world football.
However, Madrid aren’t going to let him leave cheaply. Bale is right in his prime years and they’ll demand an absolutely astronomical fee to let him go. Obviously, all the financial options will be weighed up by Edward Woodward and his team, and they’ll work out whether the deal will be worthwhile. It’s certainly an exciting prospect though…