Paul Merson has backed Real Madrid flop Gareth Bale to join Chelsea.
The former Tottenham Hotspur star and Welsh captain has endured a tiring few years at Real Madrid since making his record move to the Spanish capital. Although he has a healthy scoring and assists return, he never eased into the side and with recurring injuries, he now looks past his prime.
Manchester United were thought to be his prime chasers but now Merson has backed Chelsea to get him.
“I would have said Man United a while back. But now you’re looking at [Marcus] Rashford, you’re looking at [Anthony] Martial – would they pay that kind of money for him? I think it’s hard, I don’t know. ”
“Probably Chelsea are probably the only ones really who are going to pay that kind of money. You’ve got [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, and then you’ve got the transfer embargo. They’ve appealed, if they get another one you never know whether they’re just going to go mad in the transfer market and buy three or four players.”
“I don’t see too many places opening up for him. I thought it would be Man United but I don’t see that now.”