- Crazy swap deal doing the rounds ahead of the January transfer window opening
- Real Madrid want Mo Salah and will offer Gareth Bale as leverage
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Real Madrid are so keen on signing Mo Salah that they’re willing to give us Gareth Bale in exchange, reports Calciomercato, translated by the Star.
Zinedine Zidane wants our Egyptian flyer and recently waxed lyrical about him in the media.
“Salah is a great player. He showed that at Roma, now at Liverpool,” Zidane said, reported in the Mail.
“He’s still young and is improving all the time. I don’t talk much about other players, but he is a player I rate a lot.”
Cristiano Ronaldo is approaching his 33rd birthday, Bale is perpetually injured and Karim Benzema has stopped scoring, so it’s no surprise Los Blancos want reinforcements – especially with Barcelona currently running away from them in La Liga.
But the mooted €100m fee (minus any valuation for Bale) makes us laugh. In this day and age, when players like Michael Keane cost £30m and Gylfi Sigurdsson £50m – it’ll take an amount closer to Neymar’s €200m world-record to get a deal done.
Bale has world-class pedigree, but we wouldn’t swap him for Salah, on injury record alone. The legendary Welshman’s career is on the wane, while Liverpool’s no.11’s is on the up.
What’s more, we only signed Salah a few months ago and should be under no pressure to offload him.
Real Madrid can start rumours all they like, but he’s going nowhere.