Are we doing this again?

For what seems like the 10th year in a row – it may even be more at this point – Gareth Bale is being linked with Manchester United.

Bale was claimed to be on United’s radar while at Southampton, then during his time at Tottenham. Not a year goes by at Real Madrid when he is not linked with Old Trafford.

The latest claims

Talksport is one of a number of outlets to claim this week that United have ‘suffered a blow’ in their latest pursuit of Bale.

They reference Spanish outlet  TeleMadrid, claiming Real have put a £131 million price on Bale.

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Even forgetting his injury history, this is an overly excessive fee for a player who has lost his place in Real’s XI to Vinicius Jr.

On a different tact, Spanish newspaper Marca report Manchester United are considering a potential move for Bale.

This report suggests it is Real who want rid of Bale, to facilitate other signings. As usual, United’s name is just being used.

Familiar feeling

There was a time when United really did try to push for Bale. David Moyes reportedly wanted him at United, but Ed Woodward could not deliver.

 

Oddly enough, February 20 2018, exactly a year ago, The Mail reported United were planning to ‘step up pursuit of Bale. It’s like clockwork.

We’ve been here before, and we know how it ends up.

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It’s tough to know whether it is Madrid or Bale’s agent pulling the strings of the latest rumour, but it’s unlikely got much to do with United.

Bale turns 30 in July, and has a history of injuries. His career might have peaked last May when he hit a spectacular Champions League final winner.

United can’t be spending big to sign Bale on high wages, it would be repeating the Alexis Sanchez mistake.

United are better off investing the money in exciting young talent Jadon Sancho instead.

Bale rumours will probably persist all summer, just don’t take them too seriously.

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