Jose Mourinho told to ‘go all out’ to sign 27-year-old for Man United
Jose Mourinho should make Gareth Bale one of Manchester United's top transfer targets this summer, says Stan Collymore
Jose Mourinho has been urged to do everything he can to bring Gareth Bale to Manchester United this summer by Stan Collymore.
The Red Devils are thought to be on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as Mourinho prepares his team for a return to the Champions League next season.
Manchester United have been linked with a possible bid to bring Bale back to the Premier League from Real Madrid in recent days, although the player himself moved to distance himself from that speculation after the Champions League final.
It remains to be seen whether Real Madrid would consider selling one of their prized assets this summer but former Liverpool star Collymore feels that Bale would be a perfect fit for Mourinho at Old Trafford.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mirror, Collymore said: “With all their resources, Manchester United in particular would be able to match — even better — his income were they to sign him, and there are no guarantees he will play week in, week out if he stays in Spain.
“That’s why, if I was Jose Mourinho, I’d be going all out to land Bale this summer, regardless of what he said on Saturday night.
“And I’d be using the fact David De Gea is a live target for Real to the best of my advantage.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Bale would be any sort of makeweight — he’s too big a deal himself for that.
“But Real’s hopes of landing the Spain goalkeeper might just give Mourinho some wiggle room to make a counter bid and, with Isco’s form, Los Blancos might just consider it.”
“United desperately need a goal-scorer with Zlatan Ibrahimovic injured and Wayne Rooney leaving, and I can see Bale morphing in the next couple of years into the sort of player Cristiano Ronaldo has become.”
Manchester United can offer Champions League football to any potential signings this summer after the Red Devils won the Europa League to secure their place in the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition for next season.
Bale could well come up against Manchester United when Real Madrid play the Red Devils in the Uefa Super Cup in Macedonia in August.