Paul Ince told BBC Radio 5 Live that he believes Liverpool should make a move to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid this summer.
He said: “He should go to Liverpool. Bale can play on the right, he can play on the left, he can play central. If I was looking at a team, and if they could actually afford him, it would be Liverpool and that’s where Bale is going to have to take a massive drop. It can’t be about money.
“I’d love to see him at Liverpool, I really, really would. I think it would be ideal for them, if they want to push the boat out, you’ve still got four or five years left of him Look at what Cristiano Ronaldo is doing at Juventus, look what he did last year in the Champions League. I think he’s a perfect fit for Liverpool.”
While it’s easy to see where Ince is coming from, it seems highly unlikely that Bale, who is already 30, has anywhere near five years left in the tank given his struggles with injury over the last few years.
Having just offloaded Daniel Sturridge, who was on £120,000/week, it would go against the Liverpool transfer policy to sign a 30-year-old winger who will undoubtedly want close to the £600,000/week mega-deal that Bale signed in 2016.
That’s obviously an unrealistic amount of money for Liverpool to offer Bale but if he were willing to take an enormous pay cut and join the Reds for around £100,000/week that would be far more realistic but is still an unlikely scenario.
The former Spurs forward would be a great signing to make given his ability to play anywhere across the front three but it simply makes very little long term sense.
It would be preferable to see him stay at Real Madrid and bleed them dry after Zinedine Zidane’s classless comments on him this week but for Liverpool, signing nobody makes more sense than making big money offers for Bale.
The Premier League season starts in a couple of weeks and if Klopp is going to sign any new players he is running out of time to do so.