Manchester United’s pursuit of Paul Pogba grabbed most of the transfer headlines during the summer, resulting in the Old Trafford club’s interest in Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, to glide along almost unnoticed.
Now, with the world record signing of Pogba long since concluded, news of the club’s interest in Bale has resurfaced with a bang. Unfortunately for fans however, the story is making waves just as it appears to be coming to an end.
While the particulars of the contract have not yet been made public, even a five-year contract would see the 27-year-old former Tottenham star earn a whopping £18 million, or £346,000 per week. Any extension for less than this period would see that weekly wage approach uncharted territory.
Bale’s commitment to the Champions League winners will see him enjoy the best years of his career in La Liga. Since arriving in Madrid in 2013, the attacking midfielder has won the Champions League and La Liga on two occasions each and is now regarded as one of the best players in the world.
Bale’s teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, himself a former United star and potential target of José Mourinho, has reportedly joined the Welshman in committing his future to the Madrid club.
News of the double deal, reported by the Independent, all but confirms that the Portuguese goalscorer will see out the remainder of his career with the club.
With an extension set to run until 2021, Ronaldo will be 36 when this latest deal expires.
It looks like Mourinho will have to turn his attentions elsewhere.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena