Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has urged Louis van Gaal to go all out to sign Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale in this summer’s transfer window.
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The Red Devils were heavily linked with the Welsh wizard for much of the previous campaign, and while speculation has cooled, suggestions remain that van Gaal may be tempted into making Los Blancos an offer.
Bale endured a challenging trophy-less second season at the Santiago Bernabeu – despite scoring 17 goals and registering 10 assists in all competitions – with the Real faithful and Spanish press repeatedly using the 25-year-old as a scapegoat for poor performances and results in Madrid.
However, Yorke believes that the ex-Spurs winger is the ideal player capable of bringing silverware back to Old Trafford, and has singled out Bale as the one signing the club’s Dutch manager should be chasing this summer.
He told The Sun, “I would get Gareth Bale in, that’s what United need . . . a player who will just take the ball and run.
“He’s British, he’s exciting, he’s quick, fast, he goes past people and that will lift everyone going forward. That would excite everybody,” he continued.
“And he will be loved here, he will be far more appreciated because the people here know what to expect.
“The Spanish are hard people, they are used to the likes of Romario and Ronaldo — the dribblers with the silky skills.
“In all fairness Bale is not silky — he is a powerhouse with great pace and that’s best for England.
“When he is in full flow he is one of the best in the world.
“That’s why Madrid paid all the money for him. If I was signing one player for United this summer, it would be him.”
Nonetheless, the Wales international’s signature doesn’t look likely to be up for grabs, as new Real manager Rafael Benitez plans on building his side around the club’s world-record signing [via the The Mirror].