Manchester United are reportedly plotting a summer move to land Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale on a season-long loan deal.
According to a report by Daily Mirror, Manchester United are showing an interest in securing the services of Gareth Bale in the summer transfer. The Premier League heavyweights though, do not want to sign the Real Madrid outcast on a permanent deal and are instead weighing up a loan move for him.
The dream that was the move to Real Madrid has become a nightmare for Gareth Bale in the last couple of years. While the Welshman has been beset by injury troubles throughout his time at the Bernabeu, he had been able to deliver whenever he managed to get onto the field. But, that all has changed in the last couple of seasons.
Bale had already seen his stock fall in Zinedine Zidane’s first-team setup in the 2017-18 campaign. But, this past season, he ended up becoming an outcast at Real Madrid, having been snubbed even when he was fit. As a result, Bale managed to feature in just 52 percent of the minutes in La Liga for Los Blancos and started 29 games across all competitions.
Ahead of the summer transfer window, Bale’s future is the most uncertain it has ever been during his Real Madrid stint and a summer exit is likely, especially after the arrival of Eden Hazard, even though the player would like to stay put, as per the report. Daily Mirror also claim that Manchester United are interested in signing him this summer.
The Red Devils hold a long-standing interest in Bale, having been linked with him for years. But, in a summer of rebuilding that has started with the capture of Daniel James, the right wing slot remains an area that could do with some addressing by Manchester United.
While James is equally adept at playing on the right, he is predominantly a left winger. And, with Anthony Martial rumoured to be on the chopping block, it could be possible that James is utilised on the left. Pursuing Bale thus, makes sense for Manchester United.
The Premier League heavyweights though, are unwilling to secure his services on a permanent transfer, which could throw a spanner in the works. Daily Mirror suggest that Real Madrid are inviting bids in the region of £75 million, but the amount has been deemed unfeasible by Manchester United.
Instead, the Red Devils want to sign Bale on a season-long loan deal with an option to add a further 12 months. Manchester United are ready to service his astronomical £480,000-a-week wages, but under no circumstances will they be prepared to engineer a permanent move.
It now remains to be seen if Real Madrid are happy to part ways with Bale on a temporary basis, thereby freeing up a lot of wages at the very least. If instead they remain determined to offload the Welshman, it will be interesting to see if they can pocket the desired £75 million for him, and if Manchester United are still the ones to sign him. A lot of questions yet to be answered in this saga.