The newspaper is reporting that the club’s owners the Glazers want to copy the the Galacticos approach of Real Madrid as they feel that this will be the quickest way to increase United’s value to over £3 billion, an valuation that would result in them selling the club and walking away with a where a £2 billion profit. Yes, £2 Billion with a B.
Bale cost Real Madrid a world record transfer fee of £86 million when he signed from Spurs, although details have came out since them United actually offered Tottenham more than that, but by then the transfer to the Bernabeu was too far down the line.
Bale has won almost everything since he arrived in Spain, with the Copa del Rey, Champions League and Club World Cup this weekend. Remarkably Bale has scored in three finals since moving to the Bernabéu, having grabbed the winner against Barça in the Copa del Rey decider and given Real the lead against Atlético in Lisbon. Ironically, the only final he has failed to score in was held in his hometown of Cardiff: namely, the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla
If Real win La Liga this season, Bale will have won everything he could in Spain and the newspaper reports that the prospect of a return to this country at the end of the season appeals to him and his family.
To sign Bale, United would have to break the transfer record with a figure approaching £90 million or €100 million. An incredible amount for one player, but a figure in a Galactico driven era which should not cause a problem to England’s wealthiest club.
Bale is not expected to be United’s only big name signing next summer as United are expected to close deals for their two other main transfer targets, Roma’s Kevin Strootman and Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels.
If Van Gaal signs all three in the summer it’s likely to beat last summer’s outlay of £156 million.