Manchester United appear to now be closer to landing Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale than at any point in the last four years after the latest rumour claims that the Welsh winger is ‘willing’ to move to Old Trafford should Los Blancos give up on him.
Earlier this week, reports originating from Spain rather boldly claimed that United already have an unwritten agreement with Bale that would see him join this summer assuming the club qualifies for the Champions League next season by whatever means.
Despite his obvious quality, it has been suggested that Real are growing frustrated with Bale’s persistent injury problems. Formerly the most expensive player in the world, he was supposed to take over Cristiano Ronaldo’s mantle, but the club is still waiting for it to happen.
United have, of course, been heavily linked with Bale ever since he left the Premier League for La Liga four years ago. Having also been interested while he was still a 17-year-old at Southampton, United even tried to sign him before he left Spurs, actually offering more money than Real’s £85m in an attempt to steal in.
Now, a report from the Independent cites sources from both United and Real to claim that a deal for Bale is thought to be ‘much likelier’ than it has been since 2013. Bernabeu president Florentino Perez is still a fan but it is said that other officials believe Bale could be sacrificed.
That being said, the report also notes that United boss Jose Mourinho remains ‘undecided’. It would seem the deal is potentially there if the manager wants it, but whether he does is another matter.
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann continues to be United’s primary transfer target this summer, while the club has been almost continuously linked with a whole of other forwards at various points, including Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti.
All would be considered ‘marquee’ signings in the same bracket as Bale.