No doubt, it sounds quite lucrative signing Gareth Bale. However, a slight look at the factors surrounding the welshman spells nothing but failure for the 29-year-old at Old Trafford.
According to reports Ed Woodward would attempt to sign either of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Jadon Sancho or Gareth Bale to occupy United’s lagging right-wing.
While no doubt, Sancho and Hudson-Odoi surely look inexperienced, Bale on the other hand, would mean nothing but trouble and Ed would be wary what comes next, having already stretched himself to the near limit when he secured Alexis Sanchez.
Should Manchester United successfully secure the welshman, he would pocket wages about £450,000-a-week. A figure which has seen Sanchez’s proposed marquee move breed nothing but chaos in United’s contract camp already. As the likes of Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Ander Herrera who are currently in contract talks are all demanding major increase in their wages, thanks to the Chilean’s massive salary since joining United from Arsenal.
Ed Woodward has one annoyingly good feature, in the fact he takes into account resale value before heading in for a contract. Despite, this criteria having cost Manchester United a few good, worthwhile names and experience in the squad. This is a perfect case, when every United faithful would/should hope Ed upholds his end of the deal once more.
Bale, turns 30 before the start of the new season, and for a player of his age coupled with the salary input United are expected to offer, Gareth represents bad business of all sorts, as the Welshman would only be functional in the United squad for a short-term – if he finds his feet in the famous red jersey.
Gareth Bale has missed over 400 days through injury in his professional career, an issue which saw the Welshman ousted from the Madrid squad for a more stable Isco Alarcon, Marco Asensio or Lucas Vazquez. At best, the Manchester United faithful will hope Gareth Bale is available for the big matches, as statistics show Bale as simply a time bomb, waiting to explode at the slightest touch.
Signing Gareth would cost Manchester United around £80m in the transfer window. A fee, just £20 million less of Jadon Sancho’s valuation and at least £35m more than Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi’s.
Juventus duo, Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala have also been linked to the red devils, and all four players would seem rather more profitable and reasonable recruitments, compared to the Welshman who’s well-being is far from guaranteed and would only see Ed Woodward shell out more than necessary in a rather dormant entity in Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.