Aug 4, 2017
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Could Manchester United and Chelsea capitalise on Madrid’s Kylian Mbappe pursuit?

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Spanish newspaper Marca have sensationally claimed that Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in a potential €100 million (£90.3 million) move to bring Gareth Bale back to the Premier League.

What would he bring to the Premier League?

Bale is undoubtedly a player of immense quality and has already proven himself in the Premier League during his spell at Tottenham. Capable of scoring goals from distance and producing opportunities for his teammates, he is the complete forward and would be a valuable addition for any side.

With pace and strength down the flanks or centrally, Bale looks to dominate defences and start moves from deep. His speed makes him a strong asset on the counter whilst his power helps him to dominate even the best of defences.

However, his injury record over the past season could be a worry. Having missed much of last campaign with various problems, that could be a concern for any potential suitors. Given his desire to rush back from injuries, only making it worse, he must be carefully managed by any side who signs him.

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Is a move likely?

Zinedine Zidane is believed to be keen to ship out Bale before bringing in Kylian Mbappe from Monaco. That would make sense given that Mbappe is unlikely to be content to sit on the bench at the Bernabeu. Zidane is a huge fan of Karim Benzema, and Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly going nowhere anytime soon.

Doubts have been growing over Gareth Bale over the past year in Spain and a return to England may give him a fresh chance. The Welshman is understood to be desperate to make a success of his time in La Liga but last season was blighted by injury and, when fit, he struggled for form.

United and Chelsea would, of course, be interested in bringing back a player of immense proven quality in the Premier League, even at such a substantial price. If Real are looking to sell, then both clubs may look to advance potential moves for a player who is likely to have been a long term target for both outfits.

Gareth Bale to Chelsea or Manchester United
Transfer Likelihood
The Boot Room's Verdict
If Mbappe is on his way to Madrid, as seems likely, then Bale's days would seem numbered. Both English clubs would be foolish not to make a move for a player with such rich pedigree, but it remains to be seen if Madrid will follow through with a move for Mbappe and a sale of Bale as a result.
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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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