In recent days Tottenham have begun to seem far more amenable to allowing Gareth Bale to sign for Real Madrid, with a huge fee and the prospect of taking on Real’s extremely promising young striker Alvaro Morata weakening their resolve.
Bale is now as short as 2/5 to start the next campaign at the Bernabeu.
Madrid’s willingness to surpass the world record fee they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 to land the Spurs man – as well as allowing a talented youngster to leave the club – has seemed moderately surprising, but news that they may be set to lose Ronaldo makes it clear why they are willing to go to such lengths to acquire Bale.
According to the Daily Star, when Madrid chairman Florentino Perez sought assurances from the Portuguese star over his signing a new contract, he was instead surprised by the player’s assertion that he was hoping to return to Manchester United instead.
With Ronaldo in the final two years of his current deal with Real, it may make more sense for the club to cash in on him now rather than risk losing the world’s second best player for a knockdown price next summer.
It’s thought that what would undoubtedly be a costly deal from a United perspective would be partially funded by Chevrolet – a division of GE, the club’s sponsors from next year – covering part of the player’s pay packet by making him their global brand ambassador.
If United are able to bring their former hero back to Old Trafford, then not only would their chances of winning the league – for which they can be backed at 11/5 – increase, their stance on selling Wayne Rooney to Chelsea could potentially soften.
The increased likelihood of such a move for the England striker seems to be reflected in the betting for his post-transfer window club, as Chelsea are now 7/10 favourites ahead of the Red Devils at 4/5.