According to reports from Brazil, Chelsea have concluded plans to bring former Tottenham winger, Gareth Bale to the premier league come the summer. Also confident of this deal are Chinese wholesale giants, Ali Express, who are so confident of this deal and have begun to sell Bale shirts and suggest he would be handed the number 9, which was left vacant when Fernando Torres left the Bridge.
If it’s a mistake or a publicity stunt by the website, it’s yet to be known, but they also go on to suggest that blues legend, Didier Drogba would stay on as a player despite his age. In the past few months, there have been claims by different sources that Gareth Bale would leave Real Madrid after having an indifferent season with the Spanish side, and there have been claims of Chelsea readying a £75m offer for Bale which may force Real Madrid to sanction the transfer of the Welshman. The former Tottenham player has not had it easy in his second season with Real Madrid. He has come under intense criticism by his own fans which has led to speculations about his future with Real Madrid.
Despite delivering a near perfect first season for Real Madrid in which he scored crucial goals in the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals, the fans seem to have forgotten how good he was in this first season and have turned the heat on him.
Should the blues get to actually sign Bale, they can be sure to get their money back in terms of sale of shirts as even before the deal is confirmed, the sale of his replica jersey has begun and would increase the value of the team. The 25-year-old former Tottenham player is blessed with electric pace and he is physically strong which makes him the perfect player for a counter-attacking team such as Chelsea. Another great thing about the Welshman is his high work rate. His tirelessness and ability to hassle for the ball will surely appeal to Jose Mourinho who always expects his wide players to contribute to his team’s defensive plays.
But despite the good marketing value he has, due to the Financial Fair Play rule, Chelsea may not want to sign him as he would also command a huge wage bill. Recently, Jose Mourinho and Chelsea have tried to be cautious with their spending. Chelsea have had to balance the books in recent times by sanctioning the sales of the likes of David Luiz, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku.
Manchester United are also admirers of Bale. He could follow a similar path to those trodden by Di Maria and Ozil. This will not surprise many football fans as Real Madrid is a club known for not holding on to players for too long no matter how good they are. Perfect examples are Di Maria and Mesut Ozil. For Real Madrid, it is about business.