The endless novels of an agitated summer
- Updated: 1st August 2019
Who wants Neymar? Barcelona, Real Madrid? Where will Gareth Bale go to? Back to England or heading to China? What about Bruno Fernandes? Is he really on his way out or will he stay 1 more year? The rosters are starting to be defined and the margin of manoeuvre for some players keeps being reduced.
Neymar should settle for another season in Paris
The entire planet is aware of the will of the Brazilian Neymar of abandoning Paris Saint-Germain after two seasons at the club.
The weak level of the Ligue 1 in France allied to the successive European failures have probably rushed that desire of the player to leave the club. However, his market value is very high, which means it is not easy to sell him.
Naturally, PSG will not be willing to let a player that costed them 222 million euros leave at any price and as it stands, no club in the world is willing to offer exorbitant values for the services of the Brazilian superstar.
According to the press, both Barcelona and Real Madrid are interested on the player. However, they are only willing to pay a portion of his market value, compensating the remaining portion with player swaps, something that apparently doesn’t please the Parisian club.
Therefore, Neymar is on a stalemate at this stage of the pre-season, without knowing if he will change clubs during the summer or not.
For now, the player will complete the final steps of his injury recovery process, probably starting his season in the 1st round of the Ligue 1 since he will have to serve a one-match suspension ban in the French Super Cup on August 3rd.
Gareth Bale was already closer to China
When the novel of the Welsh seemed to be coming to an end with his predictable change for Jiangsu Suning almost complete, the merengue president Florentino Perez decided to call the deal off because he considered that the can receive some money for the player, instead of letting him go for free only to save up on his wages.
The Welsh attacker was never able to truly assert himself for Los Blancos and everything suggests that Zinedine Zidane has decided to let go of him from this season onwards, focusing on Eden Hazard and on the young Brazilians Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior.
Now, with the China deal being unsuccessful, it is natural that several English clubs turn to Gareth Bale with a special attention.
Tottenham and Manchester United are active on the market and they can see on the Welsh an excellent offensive addition for the new season of Premier League.
Gareth Bale looks set to leave Real Madrid to join Chinese club Jiangsu Suning
🇨🇳 #Bale 🏴 reported wage if he moves to China:
💰 £52m a year
💰 £4.33m a month
💰 £1m a week
💰 £142,487 a day
💰 £5,952 an hour
💰 £99 a minute
💰 £1.60 a second
😳 WOW!! pic.twitter.com/22I8PvfVXM
— GentlemenOfSport 🎙 (@GentsOfSport) July 26, 2019
Still, his high wage as well as a considerable transfer fee might be stopping more serious advances in the sense of hiring his services.
Tottenham still hasn’t seen anyone from their attacking front leave, which means they might be waiting a potential departure from
Christian Eriksen or Dele Alli to attack the signing of the Welsh.
As for Manchester United they seem to be more interested in reinforcing their offensive midfield with a player that might make the connection between defence and attack.
The probable departure of Paul Pogba might, however, generate enough returns that allows, not only the acquisition of an attacking midfielder but also Gareth Bale.
Sporting will be suffering until August 8th
If last season it was clear that Bruno Fernandes was the key piece of the club, this pre-season helped to confirm that idea, with the Portuguese midfielder participating in practically all of the club’s goals.
Right now, only Manchester United seems to be actively chasing the Sporting midfielder, and values close to the 70 million euros might be enough to convince the club’s board.
In any case, it also seems clear that the Red Devils will only make moves for the Portuguese in case they lose Paul Pogba because it will be hard to keep the two players with similar characteristics on the starting line-up.
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And with Real Madrid apparently being willing to advance with an enticing proposal for the Welsh midfielder, the next week promises to be agitated for the team from Manchester, with the side led by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer making the last adjustments before the new season.
As for Sporting, they will be impatiently waiting for the outcome of this soap opera, hoping to keep their superstar.
If that is not possible, then Sporting will start the season without their biggest source of creation and finishing, being forced to spend some money to hire one or two players that might complicate that departure, although it is difficult to find a suitable player to replace him perfectly these days.