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Transfer Truth: The Truth on Bale to Manchester United

Posted on Jul 19th, 2013 by Jim Walker

The biggest non-Rooney story of the last 24 hours has been the reappearance of rumours surrounding a £60m Manchester United move for Tottenham's Gareth Bale. So are we clutching at straws again?

Bale: Transfer Truth: 15%
The latest Bale inspired rumours can be traced back to The Daily Mirror and of course contain no credible evidence. A few other news sources have picked this up and ran it themselves but all of those also point their accusing finger at The Mirror so we're tempted to make this one of our shortest ever stories and end things here, but there is a teeny bit of logic worth having a quick laugh at.

The Logic
Manchester United vice chairman Ed Woodward recently returned early from Manchester United's tour of Australia with no specific reason provided. This though is plenty of rumour fuel for headline writers, and has allowed almost every story surrounding potential United signings to be elevated from unsubstantiated rumour status, to thinking that a major signing is on the very brink. The moves that are now being reported to be almost certainly close to completion include Fabregas to United, Bale to United and of course the most popular theory being that he has returned to deal with Chelsea's bid for Rooney.

There has been no official comment from United on why Woodward left the tour of Asia/Australia so suddenly but in the absence of that, license is provided for any reporter to make up any reason they want. We're not denying there is a decent chance he has returned to attend to official club matters, which may even be transfers. It's not an entirely illogical assumption, but to say that the press knows the specific player he has come to deal with is jumping the gun.

This story is little more than an entertaining conjuring trick from the Daily Mirror. As it stands the only logic that can even be vaguely wrapped around it is Ed Woodward's hasty departure from Manchester United's pre-season tour.

We do also have past insistence from Spurs that Bale will not be sold for any price, Bale's own comments about his admiration for AVB and solid statements from new arrival Paulinho that he signed on the basis of a promise that Bale would not be sold this season, so we can only give this one a fictitious truth rating of 15%, with the same chance that Bale is heading to United.

Likeliness of Signing: 15%
Fit at Club: 90%

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