There is increasing speculation that Gareth Bale could move back to the Premier League this summer if his current employer Real Madrid successfully lure Monaco star Kylian Mbappe.
Bale has not contributed as much as expected following his record £85 million move from White Hart Lane in 2013. With his reported salary of £600,000 per week – net £350,000 after tax – Madrid might cut him from the squad.
Isco has been brilliant in Bale’s place and with a teeming reservoir of local talents; the Spanish side might shift things to another direction. Bale’s tenure at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu has been mixed. His calf injuries might not allow him reach his zenith and as he ages he would likely contribute lesser while earning more. During Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure when the club ended up trophy-less, Bale was jeered by a section of the fans and since returning he has not impressed as much.
With Jose Mourinho’s Man United team focused on returning to being a football superpower, Bale’s addition would be a big plus. The Red Devils tried signing the Welshman in 2007 when he moved from St Mary’s to White Hart Lane. They were serious with signing him four years ago as well but Bale preferred the move to Spain.
While the recent deal that he signed last October guarantees his spot in the team, and with his national team duty not at any risk, there is a decent argument that he continues at Madrid. However, if he falls short of getting the goods this term, Madrid would cut short their losses next term, and Bale’s career could quickly nosedive.
Moving back to England offers him a fresh start and he could remain at Old Trafford until his career enters an advanced stage. And this is not far away as he is 28 years already. However, would be succeed in England upon returning?