Manchester United have been given encouragement to pursue a move for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, according to a report.
Real are believed to be closing in on a move for the 18-year-old hotshot with reports yesterday suggesting Zinedine Zidane had persuaded the Monaco man to make the move to the Bernabeu.
Liverpool, Arsenal and Real are just some of the clubs that have been linked with the forward, with the La Liga champions now winning the race after French publication L’Equipe claimed that phone conversations between Zidane and the player had gone well, in addition to a reported pay rise of 900%.
If Zidane does manage to get his hands on Mbappe, who scored 26 goals in all competitions lats season, then AS reports the club will have to sell one of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema or Bale, with Bale believed to be the prime target to be sacrificed.
Real are understood to be willing to allow the former Tottenham man to leave in a bid to get Mbappe on board and Manchester United look like being the first port of call for Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett.
Paris Saint-Germain are also believed to be tracking Bale, who was a target for United in 2012 before he sealed an £85milliom move to the Spanish capital in September 2013.
Bale though is not keen on a move to Ligue 1, although Spanish outlet Diario Gol suggest Real see PSG as the perfect club to sell Bale to.
Bale’s agent Barnett has apparently made it clear to Madrid president Florentino Perez his client will not entertain a move to France, leaving United and Chelsea seemingly heading the queue for Bale in the Premier League.
The 27-year-old, who extended his contract until 2022 in October, only made 27 appearances, scoring nine goals after missing more than half of the season with hip, calf and ankle problems.
United will have to stump up for Bale and make him their most expensive signing ever with regards to wages.
Paul Pogba is the highest earner at Old Trafford on £290,000 a week, but if Jose Mourinho is genuinely looking at the left-sided forward – his contract in Madrid is reportedly worth £600,000 per week, £350,000 after tax – and he will be looking for a similar pay day to return to England.