Thursday 6 July 2017

Gareth Bale to Man Utd: Real Madrid chief sounds out Red Devils over possible £88m deal

MANCHESTER UNITED have been told they can sign Gareth Bale for around £88million this summer, according to reports.

The Real Madrid star has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu in recent months following an injury-laden season in the capital.

And speculation over his future has been highlighted more so lately with Madrid's pursuit of Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe.

Madrid are ready to break the bank for the 18-year-old during the transfer window and will need to get rid of one of Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo or Karim Benzema.

And according to Spanish publication Diario Gol, Zinedine Zidane has chosen Bale as the man who must leave if Mbappe is to join.

The report claims Madrid chief Florentino Perez has already been pushing for Bale's departure and has sounded out United and Paris Saint-Germain to explore the possibility of a transfer.

But Bale would only be interested in a return to the Premier League with United able to pay his wages.

Diario Gol say Perez has put an £88m price tag on Bale's head and United would need to match that figure before he contemplates selling the Welshman.

Bale is still under contract with Madrid until 2022 but the club's priority to sign Mbappe could cut short the 27-year-old's time at the Bernabeu.

Spanish football expert Graham Hunter also reckons Madrid are willing to sell the former Tottenham star to land Mbappe but believes it's the wrong decision.

"Real said to Mbappe's representatives that apart from paying a world record sum, they would put Gareth Bale on the market," he said.

"It's something I would never do. It's wrong - Bale is an enormous asset. He should be playing left wing with Ronaldo up front.

"Right now he has been snookered by Ronaldo."

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