Soccer NewsTuesday 2nd January 2018

Man Utd in £50m transfer battle over Real Madrid star, offer falls way short of valuation

Man Utd in £50m transfer battle over Real Madrid star, offer falls way short of valuation

Both Man Utd and Tottenham are reportedly keen on bringing Gareth Bale back to the Premier League, but they’ll need to match Real Madrid’s demands to make it happen, as per reports.

The Welshman has struggled with injuries in recent seasons which have limited his playing time significantly for Los Blancos, albeit he’s still enjoyed an impressive trophy haul which includes three Champions League triumphs.

After playing 48 times in the 2014/15 campaign, Bale has gone from 31 appearances the following season to just 27 outings in all competitions last year. He’s been restricted to just 13 games so far this campaign, as he seemingly can’t shake off the issue of constant injury setbacks.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t seem to have put off either United or Tottenham, as Don Balon, as re-reported by The Express, claim that both clubs have submitted £50m offers for him.

That would make sense in terms of being lower than the £80m that Real Madrid are reportedly demanding as suggested, as it’s going to be an expensive gamble to sign the 28-year-old given his injury history.

It’s difficult to see how Madrid can get that kind of figure as Bale’s value must reflect the amount of games that he’s missed over the last three years, although their valuation is understandable as they want to recoup as much of the fee that they splashed out in 2013 as possible, as per BBC Sport.

With Karim Benzema struggling to fire in goals consistently and Cristiano Ronaldo not getting any younger, the reigning Spanish and European champions surely need to start thinking more long-term.

If Bale can’t prove his fitness and steer clear of injury, then they would arguably be sensible in considering a sale if United or Tottenham are willing to come close to their asking price, which in turn would give them the spending power to go out and sign a more than capable replacement.

From the buyer’s perspective, there’s no denying that Bale is a top class player when fit, and so he would undoubtedly make either United or Spurs a better attacking unit if he were to move back to England.

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