Gareth Bale is open to leaving Real Madrid for Newcastle United, but only if his shocking salary demands are met.
All remains quiet on the northern front as Newcastle United are still waiting for the Premier League to approve the takeover of the club. New updates regarding illegal broadcasting rights in Saudi Arabia have supposedly been sent to the Premier League for review and this has pushed the approval date back once more.
The Toon Army can only hope that whatever documents were sent to the Premier League will not have a major impact on the process, especially after reading all the latest reports of top players being linked to Newcastle United. One of those players, as we analyzed earlier this week, is Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.
I recently stated that Bale would be the signing of the summer if the deal were to happen. A new report from Spain, however, now has me doubting whether or not this deal will happen, and if it does, would it be worth it?
The report claims that Bale is open to leaving Real Madrid for Newcastle United, but on the condition that the Magpies offer him the same salary he earns at Real Madrid. The Welshman currently earns a staggering £21.9m per season, and that demand should raise some red flags for the incoming owners.
It is true that the consortium of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers have the funds to meet Bale’s demands, but that is a lot of money to throw at a player who will turn 31 in July and is likely to leave after a few seasons.
At 30-years-old, Bale is still considered one of the best players in the world, and he would certainly have an immediate impact on the pitch and in the recruitment of other top players, but he needs to be realistic about his salary. He undoubtedly deserves to be the top earner at Newcastle United, but his best years are behind him.
The Magpies are offering him the opportunity to play in the most competitive and popular league in the world. In addition, the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino would only bring the best out of Bale as he would have the chance to work with a world-class manager that appreciates his talent, unlike Zinedine Zidane.
This is just my opinion here, but a salary of £21.9m for a soon-to-be 31-year-old player is too much money, especially Newcastle United need to utilize all the money they can to upgrade in every position.
At the end of the day, this decision will be made by the would-be owners, but Bale needs to be more realistic with his salary demands, and he needs to understand that he is not the only fish in the sea for Newcastle United to choose from.