Neymar’s £198m move to Paris Saint-Germain has certainly shocked the football world, with the switch likely to cause a domino effect amongst Europe’s leading clubs.
Barcelona clearly now have a big wad of cash burning a hole in their back pocket, something that Premier League teams are extremely familiar with as a result of the latest TV deal.
According to reports in The Sun, however, it is Real Madrid who are keen to flex their transfer muscles by spending between £135m and £170m on Kylian Mbappe, thus paving the way for Gareth Bale to join Manchester United or Chelsea.
Although Old Trafford has been mooted as the most likely destination for the £90m-rated Welsh superstar, a switch to the defending champions could prove to be more tempting for a player who excelled first time around in the Premier League.
Following a slow start to his time at Tottenham, the 28-year-old got better and better, culminating in him winning the ‘PFA Player of the Year’, ‘PFA Young Player of the Year’ and ‘FWA Player of the Year’ awards in his final season at the club:
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That 2012/13 campaign saw Bale score 21 times in 33 top-flight appearances, staggering numbers for someone who was not operating as a centre-forward.
At his best when running at defenders and cutting inside onto his favoured left foot, Bale would be a perfect fit on the right of Antonio Conte’s attacking triumvirate, joining Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata in an all-star forward line:
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Although Pedro has been excellent in that position for the Blues, the Spaniard’s Premier League numbers in the last couple of campaigns are still somewhat down on those put up by the Welshman in La Liga.