The Express have claimed that Manchester United could be set to swoop for Gareth Bale this summer as their attempts to sign Jadon Sancho have seemingly hit a dead-end.
Bale revealed in an interview with Sky Sports last week that he could not rule out a move to the Premier League this summer, although he admitted that any transfer would depend on Madrid.
Reports have indicated that Spurs could make a move to resign the Welshman (El Espanyol) but it has been suggested that the 31-year-old could stay put in the Santiago Bernabeu, with his bumper wages stopping Los Blancos from finding a potential buyer (AS).
The Express now claim that the Red Devils may be about to turn their attentions to Bale if the Sancho deal falls through, with the former Spurs star said to be a long-term target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
The report asserts that Madrid are willing to take a drastically reduced fee for Bale due to their desperation to get him off their wage bill and United could land him if they are willing to meet his £15.2million annual salary.
It is claimed that while Spurs also hold an interest in the winger, the deal is not economically viable for the Lilywhites this summer.
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The claims made in the report do not seem very credible, as the speculation seems to be almost entirely based upon United’s past interest in Bale. One would presume that if United missed out on Sancho, they would want another young player with a similar profile like Ousmane Dembele, rather than a 31-year-old Bale. With a move to the Chinese Super League, the Middle East or the MLS looking unlikely for the former Spurs star this summer, if he is to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, it looks like he will probably end up signing for a Premier League club. However, it does not appear as if his contract dispute with Madrid is going to be sorted anytime soon.
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