MANCHESTER United can forget about their long-standing interest in Gareth Bale. He’s staying at Real Madrid.
That, at least, is according to comments from the player’s agent and his manager Zinedine Zidane who maintains Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are not for sale.
Mind you, Zidane did also add that ‘anything can happen’ between now and August 31 when the current transfer window closes.
Real Madrid have been linked with a £160million move for Monaco’s teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe who is also attracting interest from the Premier League big guns.
But not at that price. Surely.
Football will really have gone mad if a club is prepared to spend that sort of money on an unproved 18-year-old who has only played in the French League.
It doesn’t make economic sense. Even if you are Real Madrid. Or Manchester United!
As for Bale, it’s unlikely he will return to the Premier, especially with his agent describing stories linking the Welshman as ridiculous and stupid.
The money being talked about for Real’s trio of gallacticos – and Monaco’s wannabe star – are ridiculous. No matter how good the player.
But if clubs are desperate enough, they will pay any money necessary. More fool them.
As we’ve said many times here on Zapsportz, why invest millions in your own academy when you don’t allow the talent to flourish.
Buying big for big name players is a short-term solution to a long-term problem. When are clubs going to learn?
Somewhere, sometime, someone has got to realise that the transfer market – at the top end – has got completely out of control.
And something needs to be done about it before we are talking about the next £200million player. Where will it all end?