Gareth Bale has been linked with Newcastle United for a few weeks now, and Brazilian legend Rivaldo thinks the Welshman should join the Magpies.
It is hard to remember a time when the rumor mill involving Newcastle United has been this active. The Magpies have gone from being linked to relatively unknown players across Europe to being linked with some of the most notable names in football.
Over the last several weeks, our site has done its best to keep up with all the player links, but none of the names we have reacted to are as big as Gareth Bale. The Real Madrid star, who has now become an outcast, will be searching for a new home this summer and it is being reported that Bale is at the top of Newcastle United’s list.
Well, let me clarify. Bale is reportedly the top transfer target for the club’s incoming owners – Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers. Once the takeover of Newcastle United is approved, the club’s new owners plan to reveal their ambitious objectives and invest large sums of money, as much that is allowed under the regulations outlined by Financial Fair Play (FFP).
That being said, Newcastle United will not pursue every top name in the market right away, but the club will have sufficient funds to pursue multiple quality players and at least one or two big names. Legendary Brazilian striker Rivaldo has been following takeover updates, and in a recent interview he urged to Bale to accept an offer from the Magpies if one does come his way.
Here is what the former Barcelona and Brazil star had to say about the takeover and Bale’s current situation:
[…] he should continue in Europe for at least two or three more years and perhaps moving to the Premier League would be the best option for him now.
[…] Newcastle should receive a big money injection this summer with a new owner coming to town and this could be a great destination for Gareth Bale, as he could reassume his superstar status at the club.
[…] It would be a great chance for him to prove he is still a top-class player and be considered again one of the best in the world, so if this offer really comes, I think he should accept it.
Bale may not be in his prime, but he still has some quality years ahead of him. Despite turning 31 in July, Bale is still one of the most talented players on the planet, and if Real Madrid are willing to let him go for around £50m, Newcastle United should jump at the opportunity.
In the end, though, Bale will decide his own fate. If he is still seeking to earn the alarming salary he enjoys at Real Madrid, then a move to Newcastle United would be unlikely. If the Welsh international values a return to the Premier League and is willing to negotiate his wages, then it would not be a major surprise to see him suit up for the Magpies.