Manchester United could secure a surprise deal with Real Madrid for Gareth Bale this month. The Wales international has been on the Red Devils’ radar since his academy days, and he snubbed the club’s interest to join Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur during the summer of 2013.
According to The Express, Jose Mourinho’s side could get their hands on Bale as early as January with Los Blancos president Florentino Perez looking into a shock move for Neymar, who only joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record deal in the summer.
Bale has been limited to just seven appearances this campaign owing to calf and hamstring injuries, but he is still regarded as one of the world’s leading attackers when playing at full throttle. Bale is currently valued at around £85m, and United are likely to face competition from Chinese heavyweights Guangzhou Evergrande, who are prepared to meet the valuation.
Should United manage to agree on a fee, ex-club Tottenham Hotspur will be offered a maximum period of 72 hours to match the asking price, according to clause inserted during the Welshman’s sale nearly five years ago. Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have impressed in stages on the left side of the attack, but there is a potential void on the right wing where Bale has played for most of his Los Blancos career.
Despite this, any deal for Bale could possess huge risks as the Welshman has managed over 30 league outings in just one of his last four seasons at the Bernabeu. The former Southampton graduate has featured in just one-third of Los Blancos’ games since the start of the 2016/17 season with numerous injuries hampering his progress for both club and country.