Man Utd transfer news: Jose Mourinho CAN 'break the bank' for Gareth Bale - expert

MANCHESTER UNITED could secure deal with Gareth Bale, but one thing is standing in the way of the move, a football finance expert has revealed.


Posted Friday, June 22, 2018 by Dailystar.co.uk

Jose Mourinho has come under fire during his last two seasons at Old Trafford, after failing to keep up with rivals Manchester City.

But the 55-year-old has put out a strong statement this summer, securing two early transfers through Fred and Diego Dalot.

And now football finance expert Kieran Maguire has revealed Gareth Bale could soon be added to that list.

Man Utd transfer news: Jose Mourinho CAN 'break the bank' for Gareth Bale - expert
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He told Starsport exclusively: "They can afford him and they showed that with Alexis Sanchez in the last window.

"They are prepared to break the bank in terms of wages, having said that, Real Madrid's wage bill is considerably higher than Manchester United.

"But I imagine Mourinho will be allowed to break the bank again if he wants.

"The one problem they may have is Bale was giving a come-and-get-me interview after the Champions League final, but he did that on the basis of Zinedine Zidane still being the manager.

"Now Zidane has gone, it may be worth seeing what the new manager's plans are."

And Maguire’s comments have been confirmed today by Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett, who revealed the 28-year-old is happy in Spain, but not ruling anything out for the future.

He told SkySports: "I think we have to have a chat with Real Madrid and see where we're going.

"He wants a better year than he had last year. He wants to play more, and that's paramount to him.

"I think he's one of the top three or four players on earth. For somebody like him, he has to play. It's not about money."

Maguire is a chartered accountant with a background in finance but has channelled his skills to match his passions after gaining exposure from his explanation of the Glazer family's takeover of Manchester United in 2003.

He now spends his time lecturing at Liverpool University, where he has become a specialist in football finance, but often appears on BBC and Sky Sports.

He previously revealed Jose Mourinho could have a £200m transfer war chest to spend this summer.

And also detailed three things United would need to do to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back.

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