Gareth Bale Odds Plummet as Rumours Grow

Gareth Bale Transfer, Odds Plummet as Rumours Grow

The odds on Gareth Bale leaving Real Madrid to join Manchester United have taken a significant dip.

As reported by Aaron Flanagan of the Mirror, a flurry of bets over the last 24 hours has seen the former Tottenham man become a more likely candidate to join the Red Devils in the eyes of the bookmakers.

Flanagan reports odds given by Betfair, who currently mark the likelihood of Bale's Old Trafford arrival at 6-4. He also notes original 11-4 odds have come in to 11-8. Oddschecker summarises the odds on Bale's club after the summer transfer window, with BetVictor even offering evens.

Betfair trader Michael Bowers commented, per Flanagan:

"Bale has been backed to 6-4 to go to United after seeing considerable support for him over the course of the day. He will be hot property in the Premier League despite a relatively poor run of form for Real, and could well be exactly what Louis Van Gaal needs in his armoury with Falcao looking likely to leave at the end of the season."

Of course, odds are influenced by the amount of money being placed. Links between Bale and United continue to roll on and have been a staple of the transfer rumour mill since he left Spurs for the Spanish capital in 2013.

United failed to capture him with a hefty bid two years ago, and after spending £59.7 million on Angel Di Maria, they may be looking to continue adding world-class stars. Di Maria has suffered a poor run of form recently, and according to The Sun (h/t Charles Perrin of the Daily Express), he could be destined to move on just a year after joining Louis van Gaal's club.

A "fall-out" between the pair was reported after United's 2-1 win over Liverpool, per Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News.

Van Gaal introduced Di Maria during the second half and subsequently berated the team's tendency to run the ball into trouble from this point, per Luckhurst.

"In the second half everything is changing because of (Steven Gerrard's) red and then we are not anymore playing like a team," Van Gaal said. "We are running with the ball, unnecessary losses of the ball, so that was not so good."

Bale has struggled with holding onto the ball too long at the Bernabeu, so it's difficult to suggest he would be a perfect fit if Van Gaal is looking for his players to primarily pass their way beyond opponents. The Welshman currently holds the unflattering nickname "ball hog" in Madrid and was recently jeered for failing to set team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo up with a simple tap-in during the January win over Espanyol.

To our readers, which player would you rather have in your team? Gareth Bale or Angel Di Maria ?

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