Gareth Bale world record transfer to Real Madrid seems like a distant memory and he now cuts a frustrated figure at the club. The Welshman still has a lot to offer and these five clubs could be a potential destination for him next summer.
Chelsea presently have Eden Hazard, Pedro Rodriguez, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi as options down the wing. In addition to these four players, they also have Christian Pulisic on loan at Borussia Dortmund.
It might seem like Chelsea have enough depth in their wings for the present and for the future. However, all the above-mentioned five players are right-footed and that is a cause for concern.
Gareth Bale is one of the best left-footed wingers in the game at the moment and the Welshman has demonstrated that in the Premier League previously. Thus, he won’t be a huge gamble.
Chelsea may have an upper hand in their pursuit of Bale as Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid. The Blues could soften the blow of losing their talisman by getting Bale in return.
For many years Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery terrorised opposition full-backs for Bayern Munich but they are on the wrong side of their thirties and it has been confirmed that the duo will leave the club at the end of the season.
The Bavarian club has Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry and the young Alphonso Davies as options down either wing but Coman is injury prone, Davies is unproven in Europe and Gnabry alone won’t suffice.
Bale is an experienced campaigner and can seamlessly play on either wing. He won’t be a long-term solution to Bayern’s winger problems but if he can deliver for two or three seasons, that will take the load off the young wingers already in the squad and also give them a world class player to learn from.
What is football without a bit of romanticism?
Gareth Bale announced himself to the world at Tottenham Hotspur and was a huge fan favourite at the club before leaving for Real Madrid in 2013.
A huge squad overhaul is on the horizon at Real Madrid and if that’s the case, then Real Madrid will definitely be looking for a world class striker and there aren’t many better than Spurs’ Harry Kane.
Thanks to Kane, Spurs haven’t felt the absence of Bale but if the former is to leave for Real Madrid, then a homecoming could be on the cards for the latter.
Just like Chelsea and Spurs, PSG also have the potential of pulling off a swap deal involving Gareth Bale.
PSG have the two most expensive players on the planet in their ranks and both players have been constantly linked with a move to Real Madrid.
Neymar has talked up the possibility of joining Real Madrid recently and Kylian Mbappe would jump at the chance to join the Los Blancos given PSG’s poor show in the Champions League.
If Real Madrid want to sign either player, then another world record-breaking transfer may be necessary but if Bale is involved in the deal, then that could save the La Liga side some money.
Manchester United have Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez as options down the wing but all three players are right-footed and prefer to play on the left-hand side. They have Juan Mata as a left-footed option down the right side but the Spaniard isn’t the quickest of players and he isn’t as prolific as he used to be during his Chelsea days.
The Premier League giants have been on the lookout for a right-sided winger for a while now and were linked with Willian last summer when Jose Mourinho was in charge.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær is most likely to be in charge of the club next season after impressing as caretaker manager and the Norwegian will be given a huge budget to improve the squad.
Bale will be a superb addition to the United squad for several reasons. Firstly, he is Premier League proven, secondly, he qualifies as a homegrown player and finally he is a marketable athlete which will appeal to the club’s board.