Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale will reportedly be allowed to pursue a fresh challenge next summer following a secret meeting with club president Florentino Perez. The Wales international has been hampered with a recurrent calf problem this season, and he has appeared in just eight of Los Blancos’ 22 games across all competitions.
Spanish outlet Diario Gol claims that a mutual decision has been taken between Bale and Perez which would permit the Welshman seal a potential return to the English top-flight next summer. United and former side Tottenham Hotspur have been credited with an interest, but the eventual deal could be dependent on the transfer valuation.
Both sides are only prepared to pay a sum of around £53m for Bale’s signature, and this could potentially prove a stumbling block with the European champions reluctant to take a hefty loss on a player, who cost them £85m from White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013.
Earlier in August, Jose Mourinho suggested that he would fight with other clubs to pursue Bale, should he be made available, but his recent injury concerns could put the interest on hold with the Portuguese clearly content with the impact of Anthony Martial, as per The Independent.
The France international has commanded a regular spot in the English top-flight of late, and Mourinho feels the attacker has finally ‘clicked’ to his tactics while being more ruthless in front of goal – something he struggled with during Mourinho’s first year at Old Trafford.