Manchester City are set to enter the race for Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, according to the Daily Star.
It's been suggested that the Citizens, who have made an inconsistent start to the season, have now set their sights on the man who has been rated at the astronomical price of £90 million.
Three horse race
City, then, have joined Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to bring the Welsh wizard back to England's elite division.
Bale only departed England for the Bernabeu in the summer of 2013, but recent reports have indicated that he could return sooner rather than later, despite his agent David Manasseh playing down rumours of a summer switch.
In fact, Manasseh only recently stated: "Rubbish! Rumours of a of a possible transfer of Gareth Bale are absolute garbage!
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"It is simply not true that Gareth Bale wants to return to the Premier League in any way. Things are going well in Madrid and he wants to continue playing for Madrid."
It appears that it won't be easy for the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea to secure the player's services, but the trio of clubs certainly look set to monitor the former Tottenham man throughout the course of the season.
It remains to be seen, however, as to whether any of the Premier League's elite clubs make a move for the superstar anytime soon.
Manchester City, though, certainly seem intent on splashing the cash in 2015, as they look to finally crack Europe's elite competition. With the likes of David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Co. already starring at the Etihad, the signing of Bale would certainly make Manuel Pellegrini's side a force to be reckoned with.
But, with Manchester United and Chelsea both lurking, City certainly won't have it all their own way as they attempt to bring Bale back to England. In fact, Madrid may well be reluctant to sell the superstar, but it's likely speculation regarding the player's long term future will continue throughout the course of the season.
Bale, though, will be hoping to flourish at the Bernabeu over the coming months after a successful debut season under Carlo Ancelotti in Madrid.
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