Spanish football expert Guillem Balague is “convinced” Manchester United target Gareth Bale will be sold in the summer.
Jose Mourinho expressed his interest in the Welshman over the summer but Zinedine Zidane made it clear that he wouldn’t be sold.
But his continued injury problems this term, combined with Zidane’s preference for Marco Asensio, has led to many reports suggesting he will depart the Bernabeu at the end of the season.
And according to Balague, the Champions League holders will sell Bale to make way for new additions in the summer, adding that it was unlikely for Tottenham Hotspur to re-sign him.
“I am convinced Real Madrid want to sell Gareth Bale,” he said. “That is not Bale’s preferred choice, he would like to stay.”
“Obviously somebody will have to buy Bale but I don’t think it will be Spurs; it doesn’t make sense for him to go back and it would cost Spurs too much to bring him back.
“Of course Spurs would like to have Bale back but their targets are different. Other teams are better prepared and have a greater desire and financial possibilities.
“You only have to compare their expenditure to the highest in the Premier League to see they don’t have the kind of money it would take to sign Bale.”
The changes at Real over the summer will be considerable to say the least and this could simplify the task of prizing Bale away from Spain.
But Mourinho has noted that he doesn’t wish to make any further attacking signings in the summer following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez. Any bid for Bale, therefore, would be off the back of Anthony Martial – linked with Juventus in recent weeks – leaving the club.
Needless to say, replacing a frighteningly talented 22-year-old – yet to reach his peak, it must be noted – for an injury prone player entering the twilight stages of his career would be hugely unpopular among United supporters.