According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United are ‘in advanced talks’ with Real Madrid for Gareth Bale. The 28-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabéu after falling out of favour last season under former head coach Zinedine Zidane. With United missing out on Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, they’ll be desperate to succeed with Bale.
The Welsh international joined Real from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 and has gone on to make 189 appearances in all competitions for Los Blancos, scoring and creating 145 goals. Bale has won four Champions League trophies, one Liga title and one Copa Del Rey in his five years at the club, but his time in Spain could be coming to an end.
After being left out of important Champions League games by Zidane last season, Bale’s future was up in the hair. United have been linked with the former Southampton man for many years and need a left-footed right-sided forward to provide some balance to the squad – manager Jose Mourinho has an abundance of right-footed left-sided players.
Bale wouldn’t come cheap, however, with the 28-year-old reportedly valued at around £122m, but the Red Devils are said to be in a dialogue over bringing him to Old Trafford. Time will tell if a deal does go through.