Old Trafford side plan big money offer for Tottenham youngster.
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Having secured a deal to sign Japanese international Shinji Kagawa, Sir Alex Ferguson will look to secure further big name additions as he looks to make significant changes to his Old Trafford squad whilst simultaneously keeping up with the big spending behavior displayed by Man City and Chelsea over the past couple of years.
The Man United boss is readying an offer for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale as he looks to make the most of the uncertainty that is currently affecting the North London club.
Ferguson is said to be ready to make an offer of around £38m for the 22 year old and will hope that such a bid will tempt White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy into selling or at the very least leave the Welsh international fully aware of their interest. He will hope that such an offer will successfully attract the club’s attention despite the fact that Bale is tied down to a long-term contract.
With Tottenham missing out on a Champions League berth and speculation surrounding Harry Redknapp’s future at the club, Ferguson may feel that now is the right time to make his intentions known. The Scot sees Bale as an alternative wide option and a player he can build his attacking intentions around.
The Man United boss is also yet to secure Nani to a new contract as both sides haggle over salary expectations and this could also lead to an added need to bring in a new winger. Ferguson sees Bale as a long term successor to the Ryan Giggs of old, a direct running speedy winger who can produce goals and assists by the bucket-load.
Ferguson has convinced his board that Man United must invest in new players this summer to help keep up with the sides around them and this is especially relevant after a rare season without silverware. Another major reason the veteran manager is keen to lure Bale to Old Trafford is due to his side’s inability to make it through the Champions League group stages and he may well have noted the excellent displays the former Southampton man put in during Tottenham’s run to the Quarter-Finals in 2010/11.
Bale may well be tempted by the chance to emulate his child-hood hero Giggs and also by the chance to challenge for major honours that perhaps he may feel unlikely at Tottenham.
Man United are looking to trim their expansive squad and having already released Michael Owen and Tomasz Kuszczak a number of other squad players are set to be offloaded. Among those likely to be made available include Dimitar Berbatov, Federico Macheda and Bebe. There is also speculation that first teamers Anderson and Ji-Sung Park could be axed whilst youngsters Ritchie de Laet and Matty James have already completed moves to Leicester City.