Real Madrid are reportedly growing increasingly tempted to cash in on Gareth Bale as rumours persist over a potential switch to Manchester United.
United boss Jose Mourinho said on Monday that he would try and sign Bale if the Welshman does not feature in Tuesday night’s Super Cup clash between the two sides.
Mourinho believes that if Bale plays in the game in Macedonia then there is every chance that Real are relying on the 28-year-old for the new season and would not be prepared to sell.
However, Marca are reporting that Real are seriously considering cashing in on the attacker, who moved to the Bernabeu for £85m from Tottenham in 2013, and have two players lined up to replace him.
Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe is their top target, no surprise given Real’s strong links with the young forward all summer, but the other name on their list is Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele.
The Frenchman has been strongly tipped to join Real’s La Liga rivals Barcelona as Neymar’s replacement, although Barca are said to be put off by Dortmund’s €110million asking price for the 20-year-old, and that could open the door for Zinedine Zidane’s men to swoop.
Other reports claim that Tottenham have the first option to re-sign Bale but that is extremely unlikely given the transfer fee being muted and potential wages of £250,000-a-week.
Bale would arguably be the final piece of the jigsaw at Old Trafford and would, in all likelihood, make United favourites to land the Premier League title this season.