Former Arsenal striker urges Gunners to make shock move for Spurs legend

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson has urged Arsene Wenger to consider making a shock move for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale this summer to ensure the club don’t fall behind their Premier League rivals.

Hartson believes former Spurs superstar, Bale, would be the perfect signing to show ambition on the Gunners’ front as they look to mount a serious title challenge next season.

“They [Arsenal] are not strong enough to win the league so what they’ve got to do is go and invest in the best players available,” Hartson told talkSPORT on Sunday.

“He’s out there but are Arsenal the type of club to go and shock the world and go in for Gareth Bale? I don’t know.

“The thing is, if he becomes available, you know Chelsea are going to go in for him and you know Manchester United are going to go in for him. You know that already. Chelsea have got the money and the ambition and Manchester United are showing their ambition right now.

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“For Arsenal to go and compete and appease the supporters and to stop them moaning, they’ve got to go and make a stand and go in for Bale because you know Chelsea and Manchester United will if he becomes available.”

Wenger has turned to Liga BBVA over the past two seasons for the marquee signings of Mesut Ozil from Madrid and Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, but a move for Bale would certainly go down as one of the biggest shocks in world football.

Manchester United are heavily linked with a move for Bale this summer as he looks unsettled in Spain, so a return to England could be on the cards, but a return to north London with Arsenal may be a stretch too far given his heroics for Spurs prior to joining Madrid for a world record transfer fee in 2013.

Would Gareth Bale return to the Premier League with Arsenal? Would Arsenal fans want to see the former Spurs legend in their team?

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United handed boost as £80m superstar ‘keen on move’

Manchester United‘s pursuit of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has moved a step closer as they prepare a sensational £80 million offer, according to The Express.

Bale has once again come under criticism after his performance last night as Madrid crashed out of the Champions League in their semi-final clash with Juventus.

According to Express Sport, a close family member has said Bale likes the idea of linking up with Louis Van Gaal and a move back to England.

The former Tottenham Hotspur star has found playing for Los Blancos cut-throat business and he has been criticised for most of the season by fans and Spanish media alike for below-par performances. This comes just one season on from Bale and Madrid’s La Decima heroics in the Champions League final of 2014.

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The criticism seems harsh on Bale, who has taken the brunt of Madrid’s poor form. He has netted 13 league goals but it is the chances he has missed which have caused the uproar. His shot accuracy is just 46%, according to Squawka.

If a move goes through it will be one of the most sensational transfer sagas of all-time, with Madrid set to recoup almost the full amount they spent when breaking the world-record transfer fee just two seasons ago, when Bale joined from Spurs.

Will Gareth Bale leave Real Madrid this summer and is he being forced out the club? Should United spend £80 million on him?

United suffer MAJOR blow in chase for no.1 transfer target

Manchester United have been dealt a major transfer blow as Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is unlikely to leave the club this summer, his agent has claimed.

United made their first move of the summer by agreeing to the signing of PSV Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay on Thursday in a deal worth around £25 million and the Daily Express are reporting that Louis Van Gaal will spend £200 million more to bolster the squad, with Bale at the top of the shortlist.

Though the former Tottenham attacker’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has told Sky Sports that a move away from Madrid is not on the agenda.

“Why would he look to go elsewhere?

“Real Madrid are the number one club in the world. There’s always interest in him – but as far as we are concerned he’ll be at Real Madrid next summer,” he said.

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Bale has scored 13 goals with eight assists in 29 league appearances this season but that’s not as productive as last term as the Welshman netted 15 goals with 13 assists in 27 league games in his debut campaign in Spain.

Van Gaal sees Bale as the man to fire United back to the top of the Premier League but the Red Devils are also said to be chasing the signatures of Mats Hummels, Nathaniel Clyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Edinson Cavani as it looks set to be a busy summer at Old Trafford.

Do Manchester United need to sign Gareth Bale to have any chance of winning the Premier League next season?

Manchester United to make THIRD attempt at signing £100m superstar

Manchester United could be set to break the world transfer record by making a £100 million move for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale this summer, according to the Telegraph.

Bale has twice been the subject of United approaches but Louis Van Gaal could finally bring the Welshman to Old Trafford this summer, if Real decide to sell.

United tried to sign the 25-year-old attacker from Southampton before he joined Tottenham in 2007, while they also attempted to beat Real Madrid to his signing in 2013 with a reported £100 million bid at the last minute.

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The same amount could be offered to the Spanish giants this summer and United could do so without breaking Financial Fair Play rules as a result of their huge Adidas kit deal which will come into effect next season, while a return to the Champions League will also increase their financial muscle.

Bale has struggled to replicate the form he showed during his first season in Madrid and has come under pressure from supporters in recent months. He has family in the UK and is expected to return to the Premier League at some point, though he is keen to stay in Spain for at least another season.

United need six points from their final four games to ensure they qualify for next season’s Champions League and that could see Van Gaal go on a huge summer spending spree as he attempts to make the Red Devils a genuine title challenger in the top flight next year.

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As well as targeting Bale, the Red Devils are expected to try and sign Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne and PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay.

Bale won the PFA Player of the Year award in his final season with Spurs after scoring 21 goals in 33 league appearances before moving to Real Madrid for a world record £85 million in the summer of 2013, but has been linked with a return to England this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester City also interested.

Would Gareth Bale be the signing to help Manchester United challenge for the title next season? Should they pay £100 million for him?

Chelsea, United and City dealt huge blow for Real Madrid targets

Real Madrid stars Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have both been linked with Premier League returns this summer but moves away from the Santiago Bernabeu look highly unlikely now.

Both the Welsh superstar and Cristiano Ronaldo are reportedly being targeted by Premier League giants Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City this summer, but Real club president, Florentino Perez has told clubs to forget about signing their star players.

Perez has revealed he is not interested in seeing Bale or Ronaldo leave the club and that the star duo are not for sale at any price.

“We shall never listen to any offers for Bale,” Perez told Marca. “He is the key to the club’s future, just as I cannot imagine a future without Cristiano Ronaldo.”

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Bale has scored 12 goals in 25 Liga BBVA appearances this season while Ronaldo has 31 in 25. Both players are clearly integral to the club and Perez’s plans going forward.

You’d be forgiven for thinking Bale may want a move away from Madrid after his car was targeted and attacked following Madrid’s defeat to Barcelona earlier this month, which further fuelled talk of a return to England.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been linked but it looks like they will have to search elsewhere for top quality talent this summer.

Can you see Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale returning to the Premier League this summer?

Chelsea, City and United £75m target not bothered by critics

Wales and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has come in for some heavy criticism over the past few months but insists he is not bothered by what people think.

“I don’t need to answer the critics. I know, and everyone around me knows, what I can do,” he told Sky Sports after Wales’ 3-0 win against Israel.

Since the criticism has set in, Bale has been heavily linked with a move back to the Premier League with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea reportedly interested in signing the former Spurs star for his buy-out clause of £75 million.

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Bale gave nothing away on the talk of a move away from the Spanish giants and insisted he is fully focused on just playing football.

“There are ups and downs in football. You have to take it with a pinch of salt and all you can do is respond with performances on the pitch, like that.”

Bale impressed in his national sides win over Israel, scoring twice as Wales moved to the top of Group B, sitting ahead of both Belgium and Bosnia.

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“I don’t feel like I need to prove anybody wrong or right, I just need to play my football.

“I love playing for Wales. It’s a big honour and the most important thing is I focus on my football and I don’t listen to anyone else.

Will Gareth Bale move back to the Premier League this summer?

Chelsea plotting HUGE £165m summer spree for star trio

Chelsea are being linked with three huge moves for Real Madrid duo Raphael Varane and Gareth Bale, as well as Everton’s Ross Barkley as Jose Mourinho looks to further strengthen the Premier League leaders’ squad.

Gareth Bale hasn’t even completed two seasons with Real Madrid but is being linked with a return to the Premier League after coming under fire from Los Blancos supporters. Manchester United and Manchester City have already been rumoured as possible destinations but now Chelsea look like they are planning a mega move.

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A report in the Daily Mail claims that the Blues are prepared to pay Madrid the £75 million buy-out clause required to bring the Welsh star back to England, though the former Spurs hero wants to stay in Spain for one more season.

Madrid would be willing to let Bale leave if the buy-out clause is met as they could then keep Cristiano Ronaldo, and would be able to go on another summer spending spree themselves.

Bale’s Madrid teammate Raphael Varane is also a target for Mourinho and Chelsea are willing to splash £40 million on the young French defender, according to the Sun.

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Mourinho worked with Varane while in Spain and described the 21-year-old centre-back as the best young defender in Europe, and now wants to link up with the Frenchman once again by offering Madrid an offer they would find hard to turn down.

Chelsea are also being linked with Everton and England international Ross Barkley but will face competition from Manchester City for his signature.

Everton are desperate to keep hold of the attacking midfield ace and will demand £50 million if they are to let the 21 year old leave.

Barkley was excellent last season as he burst on to the scene, scoring six goals in 34 appearances for the Toffees, but has come under criticism this year after only netting twice.

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For Chelsea to spend the sort of money being reported, they would need to sell once again but the club have proved to be excellent in the past few transfer windows.

Big names have left for big money in recent seasons and Chelsea have managed to make profit of around £16 million in the past two windows despite spending over over £100 million on new talent such as Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.

Oscar is one name who could be forced out the door and Juventus are believed to be keeping a close eye on the Brazilian playmaker, according to reports out of Italy.

What do you make of the reports? Do Chelsea need to spend £165 million on three players this summer?

Manchester United legend: Real Madrid star ‘would be perfect’ signing

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes that Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale would be a perfect signing this summer and thinks the Welshman would be a “natural fit” in Louis Van Gaal’s side.

Bale has been struggling in Spain with Madrid this season and last Sunday’s El Clasico saw the Welshman come under increased pressure for what supporters felt was another below-par performance.

Inevitably, the former Spurs star has been linked with a return to the Premier League and Scholes thinks that a move to United would give Bale the chance to shine once more.

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“My feeling is that he would be perfect for Manchester United,” he said in his column for the Independent.

“Of course, as a fan of my former club I would like to see him there but, looking at it objectively, I always felt that Bale was a natural fit for United as he developed at Tottenham from a left-back into one of the best attacking footballers in the country.

“He would be loved at Old Trafford. In return I believe he could turn Louis van Gaal’s team into serious title contenders next season.

“All good players need to be appreciated. Bale would be coming to United in a time of change when the team is looking for leaders.”

Bale lifted the UEFA Champions League at the end of his first season with Madrid, netting a crucial extra-time goal in the final, but has not been able to replicate the performances that saw him adored in Spain last year.

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He has scored 16 goals with eight assists in 39 appearances across all competitions for Los Blancos this season but that’s not as productive as he was last season.

The Welshman netted 22 times with 19 assists in the 2013/14 campaign but Scholes feels that it would be harsh to label his time in Madrid as a failure, even if he departs this summer.

“I can understand why he would want to see out his time at Madrid but even if he was to leave after two years, no one could say that, having won a Champions League title, his time there has been a failure.

“He has never won anything in English football and he would be hungry for success in this country. He is a phenomenal footballer who comes ready-made for the Premier League.

“When it comes to Gareth Bale’s career, it looks like he is approaching a decision that will shape the rest of his life as a footballer.”

Do you agree with Paul Scholes? Would Gareth Bale be a perfect fit at Manchester United?