Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, the most expensive player in football history, is keen to return to England at the end of the season - and a record-breaking move to Manchester United appeals to the Wales international.
This is according to a Sunday Express Sport exclusive, which states that Bale has been made aware of the Red Devils’ “interest and commitment” to breaking their current transfer record in order to sign the 25-year-old.
Bale, who has also been linked with Chelsea in recent months, completed an £86 million move to Real Madrid from Tottenham in the summer of 2013 and enjoyed remarkable success in his first full season with the Spanish giants.
Dream debut campaign
The powerful Welsh winger scored 22 goals in 44 matches, winning the Copa del Rey and Champions League in the process.
Earlier this season he also helped Los Blancos land their hands on the UEFA Super Cup, while it was his goal in Saturday’s FIFA Club World Cup final which helped secure a 2-0 victory over Copa Libertadores champions San Lorenzo.
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Bale and family want England return
The prospect of a return to England reportedly appeals to Bale and his family. It’s also been revealed that the former Tottenham star was not adverse to a move to Old Trafford after leaving White Hart Lane, although the player himself has often stated that his heart was set on a dream move to the Bernabeu.
Manchester United would need to pay a fee in the region of £80 million to sign Bale, who has been occasionally criticised in Spain over recent months for his apparent lack of willingness to track back.
Louis van Gaal is a fan of the former Southampton starlet, however, and would be more than happy to smash United’s transfer record - which was broken by Bale’s former Real Madrid teammate Angel di Maria, who cost £59.7 million, in August.