By Dave Marshall
Manchester United have been linked to Real Madrid forward, Gareth Bale and it seems that his jersey number is even available at Old Trafford. Manager, Jose Mourinho is keen to sign a proven world-class forward after Atletico Madrid forward, Antoine Griezmann decided to stay at the Wanda Metropolitano in the wake of their transfer ban.
The future of the former Tottenham man is up for question at the Santiago Bernabeu given that the European champions are actively pursuing the signing of Kylian Mbappe. The 18-year-old Monaco sensation is wanted by Real boss, Zinedine Zidane in a stunning £161m deal, meaning that the future of Bale hangs by the thread.
Bale, who terrorized Premier League defences in his time in the division may be interested in a move back to England, as he played perhaps his best football in north London. Bale has struggled with injuries in recent years, and is still a proven player that will catapult United into the elite of the world’s best teams yet again.
United have signed Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof this summer, but Jose Mourinho wants a marquee player to help the team usher in a new era of dominance not seen at the club since the retirement of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. Bale lost his place towards the end of last season and has been reportedly made available for £90m by Real Madrid.
Bale was benched in the Champions League Final victory over Juventus, and is no longer an undisputed starter for Zidane, despite the manager saying he is the future of the club. Zidane is apparently looking at playing Mbappe and Ronaldo alongside Karim Benzema in a front three next season and it leaves Bale out.
There are no such problems at Old Trafford as the arrival of the 28-year-old could be the final piece of the jigsaw. Under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal in recent years, the club have been unable to attract the best players but under Jose, the tide is changing as the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku have called the Theatre of Dreams home in the past 12 months and now.
The Premier League is more competitive than ever before as lots of teams are strengthening their ranks and United don’t want to be left behind. His preferred number, the No. 11 is not currently available, as Anthony Martial is the current occupier, but a bigger slice is even available: the No. 10.
Wayne Rooney vacated the number this summer after leaving for Everton and it fits the profile of Bale very much. He is a quality player that will assume the role of best player and it’s only fitting he wears that number. It is also interesting to note that Bale’s role model growing up was Ryan Giggs, the Manchester United legend. It could be a marriage made in heaven.