Man Utd to enter race for Spurs’ Gareth Bale
Manchester United will join Real Madrid in the race for Gareth Bale this week, according to reports in The Independent.
With Real and Spurs still unable to agree a fee for the Welsh winger, United will seek to make Bale a marquee signing for the start of David Moyes’ reign.
The champions are only too aware of how hard a bargain Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will drive after paying top dollar in drawn-out deals for Michael Carrick in 2006 and Dimitar Berbatov in 2008. With three weeks left in the transfer window, United will be wary that it’s late in the day to be opening negotiations with Levy.
But having failed to secure other big-name targets, United could decide to push forward with the Bale deal.
It’s a long-shot – for the reasons explained above – but United could offer Mexican striker Javier Hernandez as a makeweight to help them edge closer to Spurs’ valuation of £110m.
Bale has told the club he wants to leave and Madrid has always seemed like the only plausible destination. But Spurs are starting to worry that Real don’t have the funds in place to match the figures being mentioned.
A serious bid from United would bring a bit more clarity as to how much the Spanish giants are able to spend on Bale and also offer Spurs an alternative buyer who can give their unsettled star Champions League football next season.