Real Madrid could cost Arsenal millions
Arsenal fans who want to hold on to Alexis Sanchez at all costs, may soon have Real Madrid to think. If Los Blancos do make a shock sale of Gareth Bale this summer, Bayern Munich may elect to pursue him instead of the Gunners’ front man.
Reports from Spain allege that Bale is fearful that he’s falling out of favour with Zinedine Zidane and company. Injury issues have derailed his 2016-17 campaign and he could opt to look for a more comfortable environment this summer. The story claims that Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Manchester United would be on the Welshman’s short list.
A reunion with Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti would seem to be the most comfortable potential move on that list. Of course, the German giants are also being strongly linked with a £55 million move for Alexis Sanchez this summer. It’s highly improbable that Bayern would have the financial resources to complete moves for both players.
With all due respect to the Chilean goal scorer, he isn’t in Bale’s class as a player. The Real Madrid star is younger and more talented than the Arsenal problem child. If he gets healthy, it’s quite probable that he’ll regain his status as one of the top ten players in all the world.
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Ancelotti’s comfort level with him, and Bale’s with the manager, could significantly increase the deal’s likelihood of success. The former Real Madrid boss got the best out of Bale during their brief time together. A reunion would seem to fit both parties.
In fairness, it must be said that purchasing Bale from Real Madrid is still a massive long shot for Bayern or any other club. It’s much more likely that cooler heads will prevail and Bale will be given the opportunity to rehab this summer with the La Liga giants. Even if he does become available, it will take a mountain of cash to purchase him. Even for a club with Bayern’s resources, that could prove challenging.
If Bale does move, it could really throw Arsenal’s summer plans into disarray. That would be delicious irony for one of the most beloved players in Tottenham history.