Guardian sportseditorBarry Glendenning suggests that Gareth Bale could make a Premier League return with Manchester United during this summer’s transfer window.
The Wales international suffered multiple injuries during the 2016/17 season, and this restricted him to just 27 appearances across all competitions. Meanwhile, the biggest disappointment for him would have been to miss a starting role in the Champions League football where Isco was preferred on the right side of the attack.
Isco worked his socks off during the backend of the season and manager Zinedine Zidane had no choice but to start him owing to his workrate displayed during Bale’s injury absence. As a result, Bale’s future has come into question this summer with Real Madrid hot on the trail of Monaco frontman Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe is likely to cost a world-record sum in order to switch clubs in the summer, and Bale could potentially be cashed-in in order to recoup some of the funds. Alvaro Morata is the other on the outgoing list with Manchester United seemingly leading the race for his signature.
During last week’s Football Weekly Podcast, Glendenning positively suggested that Bale could be Old Trafford when the season restarts in August, he said: “I am convinced Bale will be a Manchester United player at the start of next season.” The former Tottenham man could form a potential reunion with Morata next season as Jose Mourinho plans to change the club’s fortunes in the Premier League.
United have not come close to challenging for the title since the 2012-2013 campaign, where Robin van Persie stole the show, and they are now eyeing top-class forwards, who could end their recent Premier League drought while stamping their authority in the Champions League. United qualified for the Europe’s premier competition following their triumph in the Europa League final last term.