Manchester United are ready to switch their attentions to a move for Gareth Bale if their pursuit of Jadon Sancho fails, according to a report.
United are after another winger before the October transfer deadline, with their move for Sancho stalling.
Borussia Dortmund are unwilling to lower their £108million valuation of the England international. Indeed, United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward firmly believes the winger is not worth that price.
Previous reports have touted several alternatives for the Red Devils, including Juventus’ Douglas Costa.
According to the Daily Star Sunday, however, Real Madrid star Bale has raced to the top of the club’s shortlist.
United enquired about the Wales icon last summer but retracted their interest due to his £600,000 per week wages.
However, as previously reported, Madrid are willing to pay half of his salary in order to see him leave. As such, United could now go back in for the 31-year-old in the coming weeks.
Indeed, club chiefs are preparing to ditch interest in Sancho and prioritise a move for Bale.
The Old Trafford club would prefer a loan deal for Bale, rather than paying his £22million transfer fee.
In any case, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly “convinced” that a fully-fit Bale can turn his side into “realistic” title challengers.
Bale has endured a fractious relationship with Madrid and the club’s fanbase in recent seasons.
Several incidents – including his ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid’ flag – have severed his ties in the Spanish capital.
However, the situation reached boiling point when head coach Zinedine Zidane left Bale out of his squad for the Champions League’s resumption in August.
Zidane, though, claimed Bale himself had decided not to play.
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Meanwhile, United wrapped up their pre-season preparations with a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.
New Villa signing Ollie Watkins grabbed the only goal of the game, with Solskjaer insisting that vital game time was the most important aspect for his team.
What’s more, Solskjaer also expressed his excitement at young defender Teden Mengi’s performance.