Manchester United may be given the opportunity to complete a sensational £90million transfer next summer, as Real Madrid could be willing to let Gareth Bale leave the Santiago Bernabeu after only two seasons.
According to the Daily Express, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has not been impressed with the Welshman's work rate when his side are not in possession and is beginning to prefer using Isco over him.
Manchester United reportedly tried to sign Bale last summer before he eventually made his £85million switch from Tottenham Hotspur to Spain's capital and have since been linked with a possible move. Now manager Louis van Gaal could be handed an unexpected opportunity to land a major target.
The report claims that Ancelotti has been very impressed with Isco's work rate since coming into the side at the expense of the injured Bale and that he may decide to persuade Real Madrid officials that it would be worth cashing in on the 25-year-old.
It also claims that Manchester United are so keen on signing him that they are prepared to offer him a whopping £300,000-a-week deal to convince him to choose a switch to Old Trafford. That would put him on a par with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria in terms of salary.
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However, Bale has been welcomed heartily by los Merengues and has become part of a formidable attacking trio with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, also known as BBC. He was incredibly effective during his first season in Spain and selling him would be a huge surprise.
Added to this, if Ancelotti really does want to get rid of Bale he might have a job on his hands to convince president Florentino Perez. Real Madrid's head honcho put in quite a bit of effort to land the speedy winger and may not take kindly to the suggestion of discarding him so quickly.
Would it work?
Manchester United flexed their financial muscle this summer with the £59.6million addition of Di Maria from Real Madrid and the breathtakingly expensive season-long loan move for Falcao. It has left Van Gaal with a number of attacking options and it is hard to see where Bale fits in.
Champions League football is also likely an important factor, as another season outside of Europe's premier club competition will be a huge financial blow to the Red Devils. Finishing inside the top four of the Premier League is no given either, especially as they have started this season so inconsistently.