How Barcelona could seal shock transfer deal for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale – Rivaldo
That is the view of Barcelona legend Rivaldo.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has made it clear to several stars, including Gareth Bale, that they are surplus to requirements at the club.
Los Blancos have spent more than £250m brining in several new players to the Bernabeu, including Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo.
However, Real now need to sell players to conform with FIFA’s Financial Fair Play rules and Bale has joined James Rodriguez, Isco and Marco Asensio as players who could potentially leave.
Isco, Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale are some of those players and I’m certain that any one of them could be useful at Barcelona
Rivaldo, who spent five years at Barcelona during which time he two La Liga titles and the Ballon d’Or, feels a number of the unwanted Real players could fit into the current Barca team.
“Real Madrid are shuffling their squad and some talented footballers may leave soon,” Rivaldo told Betfair.
“Isco, Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale are some of those players and I’m certain that any one of them could be useful at Barcelona.
“However, I don’t remember any direct transfers from Real Madrid to Barcelona or vice versa.”
Real signed Bale in 2013 for a then world-record fee of £86m and despite winning four Champions Leagues with the club, he has fallen out of favour with many of its fans.
Bale scored eight goals and three assists in 29 La Liga appearances in their 2018/19 campaign and many fans feel he has failed to fill the void left by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus last summer.
Following Zidane’s return, for his second stint as Real’s manager, the Frenchman made it very clear where he stands with Bale.
He refused to include the 30-year-old in consecutive match day squads towards the end of last season, despite the winger being fully fit.
Real would like the Wales international to leave as the money from a transfer would help towards balancing the books as well as reduce the player’s considerable drain on the club’s wage budget.
And Rivaldo thinks Bale, who is currently earning a reported £600,000-a-week and is under contract until 2022, could leave if Barca meet their rivals asking price.
“Obviously the big rivalry between them tends to abort these discussions and I don’t think those signings would happen for Barca, unless they pay what Madrid ask,” the Brazilian added.
If Bale made the switch, he wouldn’t be the first star to play for both team’s, but should be weary of what happened to Luis Figo when he moved between the two sides.
The Portuguese attacking midfielder went in the other direction from Barca to Real in 2000 and when he returned to the Nou Camp wearing the all-white kit, he was taunted with abuse. Jeers of “traitor” and “judas” rang out around the stadium throughout the match, which the Catalan giants won 2-0.
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