Over the past couple of days, Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League after club president Florentino Perez has reportedly said that he wants Bale sold due to poor form and injuries along with manager Zinedine Zidane has also discussed reducing his role if he chooses to stay. As a result, he has been connected to Manchester United, with one report even stating that he has agreed to join the Red Devils if they qualify for the Champions League. Now, according to the most recent reports, another club has swooped in to potentially hijack the deal.
According to Spanish news outlet Ok Diario via the Express, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has spoken with club owner Roman Abramovich regarding bringing Bale to Stamford Bridge. With star forward Eden Hazard linked with a move to Real, Conte has expressed concerns about the void that a Hazard loss would create in the side. The Belgian has scored 15 goals and recorded five assists in 33 Premier League fixtures and has carried Chelsea for long stretches this season as they look to clinch the Premier League title for the second time in three years.
Chelsea will be in a better position than United to sign Bale as the Blues have already qualified for the Champions League and spectacularly rebounded from a poor 2015-16 season, running away with the league for most of the season. With Conte proving extremely popular among his players, a move to west London could appeal to Bale. With the £60 million received from the sale of Oscar to China back in January along with potentially selling Diego Costa to China, Chelsea would be in a prime position to afford the large fee Bale would still command.
United on the other hand have spent most of the season out of Champions League contention although they are still in a strong position to win the Europa League. While manager Jose Mourinho is expected to make big signings this summer in an attempt to overhaul the club, United have not finished in the top-three since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and Bale might prefer to sign with established winners in Chelsea versus a rebuilding United side.