AS Monaco manager has refused to rule out the prospect of Kylian Mbappe leaving Real Madrid, which could pave the way for Gareth Bale to join Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho confirmed last month that Man United wouldn’t move for the Welshman, expressing a reluctance to expend time and energy on a transfer unlikely to happen.
However, recent reports in Spain have reported that Zinedine Zidane was willing to let Bale leave the Bernabeu to make way for Mbappe to join, with the club entering preliminary talks with Man United over the £90m rated winger.
And Jardim, when asked about Mbappe, implied that he may have little power over blocking a move to the La Liga champions.
“It’s important to keep all of the players who were important last season at the club,” he said.
“But down the years it has been shown that it is not always possible to keep hold of your players and you know how our project works.
“Therefore, our objective is to work with the players that are still here when the transfer window closes.”
The Madrid conveyor belt of transfers, and managers, is like no other in the world. Every other club keeps their employees until they are no longer good enough, but Madrid’s policy is contingent not on merit, but marketability.
In other words, showing Bale – once the internationally revered poster boy for Los Blancos but now old news, prone to injury and criticism from supporters – the door and ushering in the hottest property on the market in Mbappe is a matter of commercial necessity.
The question on the lips of Man United supporters, of course, is whether Mourinho can take advantage of this unique form of calculated evolution over the next few weeks and bring Bale back to the Premier League.