The One Problem That Mourinho Believes Will Stop Manchester United Signing Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale’s first act as the scorer of the greatest goal in Champions League final history was to cast major doubts over his future at Real Madrid. Manchester United are thought to be front runners but according to reports Jose Mourinho has doubts because of his price tag.
For a long time it’s felt like Gareth Bale was destined to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United, admittedly that might just be because they tried to sign him when Real did and he’s been linked with the Premier League side every summer since.
This year Bale does look certain to leave Madrid. There was already talk of it before the Champions League final and then the Welshman was left to start on the bench and pretty much said he wanted to leave after the final whistle.
Of course in between those two events the former Spurs man got on the pitch to score a brace that included the greatest goal in a Champions League final ever and win the game for Los Blancos.
If that has bumped up his price then it’s not what Jose Mourinho would have wanted to see. According to the Mirror the United boss is worried that the club won’t fork out the money for a 29 year old with a history of injuries that will cost £200 million in transfers and another £135 million in wages over four years.
The transfer fee would make Bale the most expensive player ever for the second time in his career and take the crown off Neymar whilst the wages equate to his current £650k a week, which would easily make him the Premier League’s top earner.
Bale’s age means that he will have very little to no sell on value whilst his injury problems in the past do beg the question to whether or not he’s worth it, although his ability certainly suggests so.
Mourinho’s transfer plans this summer already include a 29 year old in the shape of Toby Alderweireld whilst Fred and Alex Sandro also remain high in their thoughts.
Adding Bale to their side would no doubt help to bridge the gap to Manchester City but will United fork out the whopping fee?