Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes that Gareth Bale would turn Manchester United into Premier League champions if he decided to join the club.
After enduring a tough second season at Real Madrid, the Welsh winger was linked with a move back to the Premier League, with Louis van Gaal reported to have made a bid.
The rumours have died down in recent weeks with new Real boss Rafa Benitez keen to make Bale an integral part of his new look side next season and the winger desperate to be a success at the Bernabeu and prove he is worth his world record fee.
But Redknapp, who managed Bale at Spurs and helped turn him into one of the best players in the world, believes that United would return to their best if Bale was to join the club.
Real Madrid: Possible transfer arrivals and exits
Real Madrid: Possible transfer arrivals and exits
1/11 POSSIBLE ARRIVAL: David De Gea
The Manchester United goalkeeper is torn between his current club and a switch to Real Madrid. The Spanish side are understood to be increasingly confident he will join them.
2/11 POSSIBLE ARRIVAL: Raheem Sterling
The Liverpool forward wants to leave Anfield this summer in search of trophies and there are few better places to find them than at the Bernabeu. Reports suggest Liverpool and Real Madrid will discuss a possible £45m deal later this month. Any aggressive move by Benitez could sour his relationship with Liverpool fans.
3/11 POSSIBLE ARRIVAL: Paul Pogba
The most in-demand midfielder in Europe has helped take Juventus to the Champions League final, but if Real Madrid get their way, it could be the Frenchman's last game for the Italian giants. Real recently denied reports that they have already made a bid, but rumours continue.
4/11 POSSIBLE ARRIVAL: Radamel Falcao
The Colombian endured a terrible season at Manchester United, but his record prior to Old Trafford can't be ignored. With Javier Hernandez's loan coming to an end, Real Madrid need a new striker and Falcao has the necessary reputation and something to prove.
5/11 POSSIBLE ARRIVAL: Sergio Aguero
Real Madrid's top target would be Aguero, but it is nearly impossible to conceive Manchester City selling him. The Argentina international only signed a five-year contract last summer.
6/11 POSSIBLE EXIT: Cristiano Ronaldo
It's suggested that Benitez could look to build his team around Gareth Bale, an approach that would put Ronaldo's nose out of joint and potentially have him seeking a new club. There wouldn't be any shortage of suitors, with Manchester United arguably the likeliest destination.
7/11 POSSIBLE EXIT: Gareth Bale
The Wales international endured a difficult second season at Real Madrid and has persistently been linked with a return to the Premier League. How Benitez rates the world's most expensive player will be key to determining if he has a future at the Bernabeu.
8/11 POSSIBLE EXIT: Isco
The Spanish playmaker was impressive at Real Madrid last season, but due to the wealth of talent at the club found himself played out of position or needing to make an impact from the bench. The player is reportedly frustrated at the situation and a new club could be the way forward. Manchester City reportedly keen.
9/11 POSSIBLE EXIT: Iker Casilla
If De Gea arrives, Casillas' position will become difficult. The long-time Real Madrid number one has indicated he will stay whatever and compete with De Gea if he has to. But Benitez might decide that constant sparring between the two is not worth the hassle and move Casillas on. Arsenal have always shown interest.
10/11 POSSIBLE EXIT: Karim Benzema
The France international seems to be linked with a departure from the Bernabeu every summer, and this one is no different. Over six years at the Bernabeu the 27-year-old has been a consistent goal-getter. Arsenal regularly linked.
11/11 POSSIBLE EXIT: Raphael Varane
The 22-year-old has become a regular at the back since breaking into the team he joined in 2011. Considered among the best defenders in Europe and with his career ahead of him, the Frenchman is in demand and could potentially be sold to finance other deals. Manchester United and Chelsea are the clubs most consistently linked.
"Absolutely," Redknapp told Press Association when asked if Bale could turn United from a top-four side into Premier League winners.
"If you said to me, as a Premier League manager you could have the pick of one player in the world, it would be Gareth above any other player - if he wanted to come back.
"A year ago, for me, he was the third best player in the world. He maybe has fallen behind Neymar and Luis Suarez now but he could come back here, as a fantastic footballer, and if he came back to England he could change the fortunes of a football club - he has that much ability."
Having led United back into the Champions League with a fourth-place finish, Van Gaal is likely to lead another summer spending spree this year and there is no doubt the Dutchman would love to work with a talent such as Bale.
Memphis Depay has already been signed from PSV Eindhoven and several other big names have been linked with Old Trafford - but Redknapp feels Bale is someone who can do everything required of a world-class footballer.
"He is a fantastic player, if he came back he'd be the best player in the Premier League by a mile," the former Queens Park Rangers boss added.
"He is a good lad and an amazing player. He can terrorise teams on his own.
"You saw what he did at Tottenham, the games that he won almost single-handedly. Almost every other week there was a last minute goal from Gareth.
"He is an amazing talent, he can score goals, he can make goals, he can run, he can dribble, he can shoot."
Additional reporting from PA
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