Gareth Bale & Man United: Why Julen Lopetegui’s arrival may speed up the deal
Gareth Bale & Man United
For years there have been rumours linking Manchester United with Gareth Bale.
Bale ended the 2017-18 season on fire.
He was brought on as a second half substitute for Real Madrid in the Champions League final against Liverpool.
Bale proceeded to score one of the all-time great Champions League goals with an unforgettable overhead-kick in the final.
The former Spurs forward then scored a second, via Loris Karius’ butterfingers, to add further gloss to the scoreline.
Immediately after the Liverpool match Bale signalled he may leave Real Madrid. That’s because the Welsh star struggled to lock down a first team spot at Los Blancos.
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Julen Lopetegui & Real Madrid
This week Real Madrid confirmed that their new manager is Julen Lopetegui.
Lopetegui has since been fired from his position as the Spanish national team boss just a day before the start of the 2018 World Cup.
But, leaving the Spanish national team issues to one side, how will Lopetegui’s arrival affect Bale’s ongoing Madrid future?
That issue is picked up in the Times on Thursday, as Man United are again linked with the 28-year-old.
In short, Lopetegui’s appointment may be bad news for Bale, but good news for Isco:
Should Lopetegui build his team around Isco, Bale’s chances of gaining regular first-team football at the Bernabéu would be reduced.
Manchester United are monitoring the situation, although they would have to make Bale their highest-paid player to sign the 28-year-old, who earns in excess of £400,000 per week — excluding bonuses — after tax.
Of course, aside from offering Bale huge wages, Man United would also need to fork out a massive transfer fee to Real Madrid to make the deal happen.
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June 14, 2018 at 12:22AM