Gareth Bale
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Now here’s a rumour that ought to capture your imagination…

According to Graeme Bailey for The Gambling Times, Chelsea are very much in the running to sign Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, should the European champions opt to cash-in on the Welshman next summer.

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Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale.

Bale established himself as one of the best players in the world during his time with Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but injury problems have held him back from replicating those world-class performances at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Graeme Bailey claims that Real are, at the time of writing, not looking to part ways with Bale, but if they are able to secure the services of their summer targets, one of which is thought to be our very own Eden Hazard, Bale could find himself surplus to requirements.

It is mentioned in the report that Chelsea have requested to be kept in the loop, but Manchester United are still very much the favourites to land the 28-year-old.

Recipe for disaster

Bale is not the player he once was. He has gained such a vast amount of leg muscle during his time at Real that his recovery needs to be inch perfect in order to avoid further damage. It hasn’t been, and he’s spent large chunks of his career with the Los Blancos on the sidelines.

Landing Bale, especially with their reported interest in our Belgian genius, would surely leave a question mark over Hazard’s future. We’d essentially be funding their move for him, and we all know how he feels about idol Zinedine Zidane…

Eden Hazard V As Roma
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is thought to be a summer target for European champions Real Madrid.
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