REAL MADRID | GARETH BALE
Bale's agent asks Real Madrid if they want to sell Welshman
Jonathan Barnett met Florentino Pérez on Wednesday. Manchester United would be willing to offer €120m for the Welshman.
Jonathan Barnett, Gareth Bale’s representative, met Florentino Pérez on Wednesday to question the Real Madrid president over the future of the Wales international. Barnett, who was accompanied by his son and David Mannaseh, another emissary of the Stellar Group company, wanted to learn first-hand about what the president plans to do with Bale. Barnett asked Florentino to tell him as soon as possible if, as he has heard from certain sectors, the player that he represents is for sale. If so, he would immediately activate the exit operation for the Welshman, who is on the verge of completing an inconsistent second season at Real Madrid.
Bale’s camp starting moving several weeks ago. Barnett’s message in The Telegraph on May 9 (“He’s going to be the best player at Real Madrid when his teammates work with him and help him”) demonstrated evidence of the discomfort of the player, who spoke through the mouth of his representative. Bale wants to go on holiday with his future already resolved and he has instructed Barnett to obtain a clear and unequivocal message from Madrid. Real Madrid sources confirmed the meeting with Bale to AS, but noted that the reason for it was a sporting analysis of the season. However, Barnett normally only travels to Madrid when the matter is of high importance.
If Florentino opens the door for the Welshman, his future has a clear favourite. Manchester United have courted Bale for some time. The winger joined Real Madrid from Tottenham in the summer of 2013 after the Spanish capital club paid €101m for his transfer, the most expensive deal in the history of football. The English press have speculated, over the last weeks, about the possibility that the Old Trafford club could make an offer of €120m for the player.
It would not be an easy decision for Florentino, who is one of Bale’s supporters. On March 12, he provided a firm defence of the player at a press conference: “I signed, or we signed, Bale in summer. What a mess we put together. We know that when we presented him he had a hernia, I knew it and allowed it. When it was seen that he did not have that hernia, it was concluded that he was not a football player. And now the system needs to be changed so that he doesn’t play. They want to influence the will of the coach. Bale is one of the best players in the world. The most important teams fought to sign him.”
What Bale’s agent is looking for is time to make a picture as comprehensive as possible and to design a strategy for the sale of the player.
Bale has played 48 matches with Real Madrid this season. He has racked up 4,031 minutes of action and has scored 17 goals (one every 237 minutes), in addition to providing 12 assists.
In his first season at the Bernabéu, Bale played fewer minutes (3,327), but he managed to score more goals (22 goals in 44 matches). As well as that, he provided 19 assists and crowned his season with that spectacular goal against Barça in the Copa final and the goal that gave Madrid the lead in the final of the Champions League. Today, he wants to know if Madrid have him in their plans for the future.