Let’s see what’s going on in the world of football transfers right now, before the shop window of the 16th European Championships this summer.
Mourinho wants Bale but Can’t Afford Him
Gareth Bale recently declared in the international break whilst away for Wales, that he didn’t plan to stay at Tottenham Hotspur beyond his season loan deal. But Real Madrid doesn’t want Bale back, neither Zinedine Zidane sees him fitting into his team, and the fans are fed up with him at the Bernabeu.
We thought Mourinho had given up on the mercurial front man, but after some game winning performances, Daniel Levy and Mourinho now want to keep him at the club beyond the end of the season. But his reported 600k wages per week and a litany of injuries perhaps rule Tottenham or any sensible club out of the running. Chairman Levy is known for his frugality when it comes to signing players or paying high wages. In fact, Madrid is still subsidising Bale’s wages now, so that they can afford to have him at Tottenham. This leaves only the cash-rich and logic-poor Chinese clubs to fight over this declining star’s signature.
Beckham needs a high-profile signing, so it’s conceivable Miami could sign Bale with the help of some sponsors, but it seems the only viable route for Bale out of Madrid is to go out to pasture in the MLS or Chinese Super League. His contract runs until 2022 at Real Madrid, let’s see if he can hang on until then warming the bench, at least his stint at Tottenham has put him back in the shop window.
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The hottest, most prolific young striker in world football has been widely tipped to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer after only 1 season there. The 20-year-old Erling Haaland is likely to sign for a “big” club this summer but a couple of things stand in his way. Firstly, is the influence his father and Mino Raiola, his agent, has over the move. If up to Haaland Senior, he goes nowhere near Manchester United, because Alf-Inge Haaland’s career was cut short by a Red Devil, Roy Keane’s vindictive crunching tackle.
On the other hand, if it is left up to Raiola, then Haaland goes nowhere near Pep’s Manchester City or Manchester United, because he famously has a long-running feud with Pep and the club’s hierarchy at United. Real and Barcelona are also in the running and they may be the only other clubs that can afford Haaland this summer but of course, Dortmund may value his services enough to block any move until next year, when his release clause of €70 comes into force.
The additional €60m if Haaland were to leave for the purported €130m that Dortmund may command this summer may be worth much less to the club than qualifying for the champions league and progressing in this year’s competition, which they are still fully part of.