January brings with it another transfer window, and so another period for Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale to think about his future.
The winger has two goals and two assists in 12 league games this season, and has also featured twice in the Champions League. The number of matches he’s played is certainly below par for someone of his stature, so will he leave the side this month?
Bale finds himself competing for a starting role with the likes of Rodrigo, Vinicius Junior, Lucas Vazquez, Karim Benzema, Luka Jovic, Isco and Brahim Diaz. The long list of talented players means the Welshman is constantly under threat of losing out in the starting 11.
The 30-year-old undoubtedly still has a lot to offer, and so may end up moving clubs in order to find more playing time.
He’ll want to be in top condition heading into another European Championships with Wales, who will need him at his very best if they are to have another successful competition.
They’ll play Italy, Switzerland and Turkey this summer, with their Madrid attacker once again certain to be key to their performances.
Bale came very close to an exit from the Spanish capital last year, but a move away never materialised. But another transfer window has arrived, and so another chance for the forward to progress his career elsewhere.
A return to Tottenham Hotspur has been talked about in recent weeks, and with Jose Mourinho now in the dugout, it’s perhaps the perfect time to go back to north London.
It’s currently 9/4 for Bale to be at Spurs by the end of the current transfer window.
And while a move to China didn’t happen in 2019, it may still happen this year. The Welshman to be at any Chinese Super League side after the window is available at 7/2.
But Manchester United will also be aiming to attract one of the world’s biggest stars this month. They could unquestionably do with more firepower in the final third, and are currently 14/1 to bring him to Old Trafford in the coming weeks.
Other English Premier League sides to be linked with Bale include Leicester and Manchester City. It’s 25/1 for Bale to join the former, and 40/1 for him to make the switch to the latter.
He could, however, stay away from England altogether, while also leaving Spain to get a taste of the other top leagues.
Several clubs throughout the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 will all be licking their lips at the prospect of signing such a player, and may just make their move this month.
It’s currently 16/1 for the Wales international to end up at Bayern Munich, and 20/1 for him to make the trip to PSG. And it’s 33/1 should be running out for Italian outfit Inter Milan this time next month.