Real Madrid fans were in the press this week after a video emerged of some attempting to punch Gareth Bale through his car window after the Spanish club were beaten in the El Clasico by Barcelona.
It’s a ridiculous situation for any player to find himself in regardless of what club he plays for but Madrid fans are particularly good at finding scapegoats when things are going wrong. Bale happens to be one of those players right now.
Following the incident, it comes as no surprise to see Bale is being strongly linked with an exit and bookmakers have gone as far as to label Manchester United as his most likely destination.
With a hefty £75m release clause, Bale would be an expensive signing for any club who wanted him but with a new sponsorship deal from Adidas worth £75m alone, money isn’t an issue with United.
That being said, how likely is it Madrid will let go of Bale? It seems unreasonable to entertain the thought but most would have said the same before Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria left, so you can never really predict what the Spanish side are going to do in the transfer windows.
Louis van Gaal would welcome a player like Bale to Old Trafford with open arms. Pace, power, acceleration, goals and dribbling ability? He’d fit perfectly on the wing a 4-3-3 formation, something United are likely to adopt on a permanent basis from next season onwards.
Bookmakers shortening United down to favourites to sign Bale in the summer by no means guarantees any move but it has put the wheels into motion for what is likely to be one of this year’s transfer window sagas.