Real Madrid prepared to sell Manchester United’s £53million target [Marca]

Gareth Bale Real Madrid

Real Madrid have reportedly decided to place Gareth Bale in the transfer market when the transfer window reopens in the summer, Spanish publication Marca reports.

Earlier in August, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had suggested that he would fight with other clubs for the Welshman, if he deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu.

However, the 28-year-old decided to stick with the European champions in the end, and he has found himself in-and-out of Zinedine Zidane’s side due to injuries and competition from the likes of Marcos Asensio.

According to Marca, the Capital outfit are looking to cash in on Bale in the summer ahead of a potentially mega spending spree to close the gap with Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona.

The £53m-rated forward made a bright start after the winter break with a string of top-notch performances, but his future remains in doubt beyond the summer with the club wanting to offer Asensio with a more prominent role.

Mourinho has been a huge admirer of Bale since his Tottenham Hotspur days, but a reunion looks highly unlikely, given the Portuguese stressed that he does not want to add any fresh attacking options to his ranks during the summer.

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