Transfer Balls: You Will Never Beleive Which Real Madrid Star Manchester United Are ‘Buying’
TRANSFER Balls: Splendid balls in the Daily Star which links Manchester United with a move for Gareth Bale. Let’s take a look at how the Star’s scoop breaks down.
The headline is informative:
Man Utd FREE to sign Gareth Bale as Real Madrid reveal they are willing to sell
Real want to sell the superb Gareth Bale? The Metro puts a price on the deal:
Real Madrid happy to sell Gareth Bale to Manchester United in £90m transfer deal
Happy? Free? The Metro adds:
The main sticking point to any deal has been whether Madrid would want to sell the Welshman, but reports in Spain say they are now happy to do business. It’s claimed manager Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to lose Bale, as he no longer considers him a first-choice, following an impressive run of matches from Isco.
Those reports in Spain are from a single website called Fichajes. The Manchester Evening News calls it a “dubious website”. It’s a mix of football rumours, utter balls and soft porn. Indeed. If there was a Daily Star in Spain, this might be it.
The Metro’s spin on the ball s- that “main sticking point” being Real’s “happiness” to sell Bale – is a countered by the fact Bale loves it there. Mark Ogden reported in November 2013:
Manchester United attempted to hijack Real Madrid’s £85 million deal to sign Gareth Bale in the final two weeks of the summer transfer window, with Tottenham Hotspur using the opportunity to try to offload Emmanuel Adebayor to the Premier League champions.
In a series of phone calls – and also at least one face-to-face meeting – between high-level officials from both clubs, United indicated they would bid around £100 million for Bale if he could be persuaded to give up his dream of joining the Spanish club.
Bale couldn’t be persuaded.
In the end, United did not submit a formal bid for Bale – partly because they had received little encouragement that one would succeed, but also because they did not want to be seen to fail in such a high-profile move having already failed to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.
Spurs eventually received a world-record bid from Real Madrid for Bale, with the Spanish giants paying £5 million more than the £80 million they paid United to sign Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
So. The Daily Star says Manchester United are “FREE” to buy Gareth Bale – who doesn’t want to play for them or leave Madrid – for £90m.
And know that Real Madrid quite like the fabulous Welshman.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez stated:
“Bale was cheap. The signing of Gareth Bale is the model of Real Madrid, signing the best player in the world at this moment, and that is what I say.”
Back in Star-land, we learn:
According to reports, Louis van Gaal is a big admirer of Bale, and is willing to offer the 25-year-old a staggering £300,000-a-week to lure him to Old Trafford.
Van Gaal likes Bale? Well, he does have a keen eye for talent. Maybe the lad Bale does have a bright future after all. Other managers who quite like Bale can form an orderly queue from Manchester to Beijing and back again.
Oh, and Bales earns £300,000 a week at Real Madrid. They really do rate him…