Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will reportedly end his interest in Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale unless the European champions are willing to lower their valuation. The Wales international has managed just five La Liga appearances this term with a recurring calf problem hindering his playing time.
According to The Mirror, the La Liga holders will have to come down from their £100m asking price if they are to do business with the Red Devils next summer. Mourinho is currently said to value Bale in the £50m-60m range – similar to David de Gea – and his injury concerns make the sum just about right.
Mourinho had sought to pursue a top-class attacker during the summer, but Ed Woodward could not negotiate a deal for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic. Since then, the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have excelled in the left-wing position, while Jesse Lingard has stood out of late with three goals in his last two Premier League starts.
Bale has won three Champions League crown during his time at the Bernabeu, but buying him in the summer could potentially pose a risk – with the Welshman having suffered 20 separate injuries at the Capital outfit. The former Tottenham Hotspur man is currently contracted to Real Madrid until the summer of 2022.