Man Utd linked with Bale again – but move looks unlikely

Date published: Wednesday 8th June 2016 10:13

Gareth Bale: Mind games

Gareth Bale: Mind games

Manchester United are pondering a fresh move for Gareth Bale ahead of this summer’s transfer window, according to reports emanating from Spain.

United have maintained an interest in Wales international Bale for four years, first pursuing his signing in summer 2013 when he opted to join Real Madrid instead.

David Moyes had been installed as manager, replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the United hotseat, and the Scot and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward identified Bale as a marquee signing.

The Welshman remained and won the Champions League in his first season, but United are reported to have renewed their interest in each of the subsequent summers.

According to El Confidencial, the club will again look to sign Bale this summer as Jose Mourinho seeks to return Champions League football to Old Trafford.

Spanish journalist Kike Marin claims that Bale ‘is eager to return to the Premier League’, and that United have set aside 120m euros, or around £93.7m, to sign him.

Marin admits that United face an uphill battle to sign the 26-year-old, considering he has three years remaining on his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, and many, including president Florentino Perez, view Bale as the natural heir to Cristiano Ronaldo, now 31.

“Without the strong will of Gareth Bale, rather than leave Real Madrid to return to the Premier, the operation is unthinkable,” adds Marin, confirming that Real will not even entertain a move unless the player requests as such.

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