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Manchester United should swap Alexis Sanchez for Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale, Ray Parlour tells talkSPORT


Ray Parlour has recommended Manchester United try and swap Alexis Sanchez for Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale

Zinedine Zidane’s return to the Bernabeu could be bad news for Bale, who spent a lot of time on the bench during the Frenchman’s previous spell as manager.

Sanchez has struggled for form since his move from Arsenal
Madrid fans have grown frustrated with Bale

Fans have started to turn on the Welsh winger following a poor run of form, and his agent used talkSPORT to defend him after he was booed off the pitch during the recent defeat to Barcelona.

All signs point towards a summer exit for Bale, while Sanchez is also rumoured to be on his way out at Old Trafford.

Reports have since circulated that United are willing to let Sanchez leave on loan this summer, as the Chilean continues to struggle in Manchester.


Parlour, the former Arsenal midfielder, has been left baffled by the form of Sanchez at United after watching him shine so brightly at the Emirates.

However, he believes the winger could yet be of use to the Red Devils in a potential swap deal with Madrid.

“He was brilliant at Arsenal. I do like him. He was one of those players who you would pay to watch,” the Sports Breakfast co-host said.

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“Sanchez was in such great form at Arsenal. I know a lot of Manchester United fans and I said to them, ‘You got an absolute bargain there – £20million for a player of his calibre – he’s going to make your team much better’.

“But it just hasn’t happened for him. I’d go to Real Madrid and I’d swap him for Gareth Bale. They’ll be on the same sort of wages.”

Sanchez, 30, has failed to live up to expectation since he joined from Arsenal in January 2018.

And he has not impressed interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is almost certain to be named as permanent manager in the coming weeks.

The Chilean is the Premier League’s highest-paid player, earning up to £500,000-a-week including bonuses, and the club know they will struggle to shift a player on those wages.

It is understood Bale, 29, currently earns around £350,000-a-week after tax.

 

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