Man United can actually sign Gareth Bale because they are one of the very few clubs who can afford Bale’s wages says Craig Burley.
Real Madrid are looking to offload the Welshman this summer with manager Zinedine Zidane plotting a flurry of new signings.
— Real Madrid (@RealMadridComm) 21 June 2019
The 29-year-old takes home £350,000-a-week at Real and is one of the highest paid players in the world.
Manchester United have been long term admirers of Bale even when he was at Tottenham.
Despite no strong links suggesting United’s interest in Bale, Burley says there aren’t many clubs around who can afford the Welshman.
“I think one of the main reasons that Man United is mentioned, one it’s a big club,” Burley said on ESPN FC.
“At the moment it’s not a team in great shape but it’s a club that can afford wages.
“And I think that is an issue for a lot of [other clubs]. “
Burley’s ESPN Colleague Sid Lowe followed suit saying United could land Bale should they be interested.
“As soon as you’re in a position where everyone knows you want to sell, the recuperation of that money becomes more difficult,” Lowe said.
“In the case of Bale, it’s very difficult for Real Madrid.
“Bale’s agent is saying repeatedly ‘he doesn’t want to go anywhere, he’s happy where he is’
“The change here is that slight opening of the door to Manchester United.
“For what it’s worth, he’s asked directly about United endlessly and so in a way it’s like ‘well let’s keep this idea there’.
“But of course their narrative and their sort of stock response is ‘we’re not going anywhere’.
“There’s no doubt this is a long game and there’s no doubt this is about trying to condition the market, rather than definitively saying no to the market.”