Over the past week or so there have been circling rumors over Gareth Bale  possibly moving to Manchester United , not Real Madrid , before the end of this transfer window. Some proposed exchanges and price tags have already been alleged by the media, however neither club has given any sort of notice that would indicate any move being made. As far-fetched as the move may be, there could hypothetically be a deal or two that both clubs might actually be willing to agree upon that would put Gareth Bale in a United shirt. Here are some of these potential scenarios explained:
Gareth Bale is sold for £100+ million Price Tag
Although most (if not all) of the following deals have next to impossible chances of occurring, this specific deal may be the least feasible for the Red Devils to make. David Moyes has stated that money isn't a reason for an acquisition not to happen, yet up until this point it hasn't had to be one as he hasn't acquired anybody yet. Even with a potentially limitless transfer budget, a 9-figure transfer fee just doesn't seem possible for any club to be willing to execute. However, earlier in the summer when there were rumors of United putting together a move for Cristiano Ronaldo, it was widely reported that the club's new American sponsor Chevrolet would be willing to chip in for a hefty transfer fee in order to get the Portuguese superstar back into a United jersey. With a sense of desperation coming from a failure to recruit new talent, Manchester United could be willing to try to utilize all of its resources to allocate the funds necessary to convince Daniel Levy to sell his prized Welshman while his stock is so high.
Gareth Bale is sold for £70-80 million + Javier Hernandez
Aside from a direct monetary transfer, this rumor has been the most popular amongst most media outlets over the past week or so. The Chicharito transfer rumors have been few and far between throughout the summer, nonetheless his future at Old Trafford has been in question for the past year or so due to the log jam that exists up top at United right now. Transfermarkt.co.uk lists the Mexican's value at almost 20 million pounds, meaning if United could bundle him along with 70 million pounds or so, Tottenham might be willing to budge on their astronomical valuation of Bale's talents. This would also assure Spurs would solve their issue of not having enough firepower up top as Hernandez, along with new arrival Roberto Soldado from Valencia, would give the North London club one of the most lethal striking partnerships in the Premiership. Still, the idea of United investing what would be almost two and a half times their record transfer plus their second leading scorer from last year on a single player seems like too wild of a deal to happen.
Gareth Bale is sold for £50 million + Wayne Rooney + Nani
No, this isn't Career Mode on FIFA you're reading about. This is a deal that could work out well for each club should they actually discuss it. The soap opera that has been Wayne Rooney's offseason is one that has been one of the most aggravating ordeals United faithful have had to endure, well, since the last Rooney transfer saga. Although Rooney has been United's talisman for almost a decade now, the distraction he's become could be harmful to the club's efforts this upcoming season. It would also seemingly make more sense for the club to part ways with a player like Rooney whose publicly voiced his frustrations over his situation over one who's not only accepted, but thrived in a reduced role as Chicharito did this past year in coming off the bench.
United have reportedly rejected offers upwards of £25 million from Chelsea already, meaning their valuation of the striker is still very high. Including him in a deal for Bale would be reminiscent of the swap Inter and Barcelona partook in 4 years ago, where Barça sent the Milanese club $65 million along with Samuel Eto'o and Alexander Hleb in exchange for Zlatan Ibrahimovic's services. Should Daniel Levy balk at this offer, United could toss in Luis Nani as a deal-sweetener to fill Bale's place out wide at White Hart Lane. Getting rid of Nani would not only lower the amount of money exchanged in the deal, but would also take a winger out of David Moyes' hair with the likes of Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, and Wilfried Zaha remaining at the club. Offloading Nani would also help remove the potential for more drama as he reportedly wants a new contract coming off a year where he only made 7 starts in the league. Ambitious as this deal may sound, it could potentially work out swimmingly for both sides should it ever happen.
Now it is almost certain that none of these deals will come to life, and Gareth Bale will not be joining Manchester United before the end of the Transfer Window. However, it can't be ignored that David Moyes has failed with multiple bids to acquire multiple players thus far, and is probably raring to make a transfer splash before the summer is up. It's also worth noting that Antonio Valencia has given up the revered #7 shirt for this year, meaning the club may very well already be planning to fill it with a large name. As fun as it is to speculate what's in the works, we're all going to have to simply wait and see if Bale, or anyone for that matter, will be joining United over the next two and a half week