Gareth Bale is certain to bring an end to his stint at Real Madrid at the end of the ongoing campaign.
Signed in 2013 from Tottenham, the Welsh international has had a turbulent spell at the Santiago Bernabeu. While he played a key role in the success that they achieved over the last decade, Bale has been out of favour at the club for the past couple of years or so.
A falling out with Zinedine Zidane led to Bale joining Tottenham on loan last season, where he did quite well. Back at Real Madrid, there were hopes that Carlo Ancelotti could revive the Welsh wing-wizard this term but he has struggled for game-time yet again.
Bale’s contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the season. Given his situation, an exit is very much set in stone this summer. A move to the MLS has been mooted, where D.C. United are ready to hand him a lucrative contract.
A fresh report from Fichajes is now claiming that Real Madrid’s neighbours and arch-rivals, Atletico Madrid, are also considering signing Bale on a Bosman deal in the summer transfer window.
With Luis Suarez’s contract running out, Diego Simeone’s men need reinforcements in attack and they are open to taking a gamble on the 32-year-old Welsh international.
Los Rojiblancos are aware that it is a risky proposition, but if things click, the former Tottenham Hotspur superstar, whose market value currently is just €3 million, could prove to be a shrewd addition to the ranks, even if it is for a short term.
It will be interesting to see if there is any truth to these claims and whether Bale would be willing to make the switch from Real Madrid to their bitter rivals come the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.
But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.
But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.
However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.
Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.
So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.
The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.
But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.