The majority of Real Madrid fans want to see the La Liga club accept Manchester United's £117 million bid for Gareth Bale.
Spanish news website AS ran a poll asking fans whether Real Madrid should sell the Welshman should they get the chance to make a profit only 18 months after signing him from Tottenham Hotspur.
53.75 per cent of readers decided that Real Madrid would benefit from selling Bale to Manchester United rather than keeping him. While it is not an overwhelming majority, it is still evidence that he is not as popular at the Bernabeu as one would presume.
Chance for a profit
Real Madrid paid a world-record fee to bring Bale to La Liga in 2013, agreeing to pay Tottenham Hotspur £86 million. The 25-year-old helped to win La Decima last season, scoring the crucial second goal in extra time against Atletico Madrid in the final.
However, it appears the chance to make a tidy profit is too irresistible for Real Madrid fans, who may be wishing for Carlo Ancelotti to reinvest the funds in a top striker like Sergio Aguero.
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Manchester United reportedly launched a £117 million bid last night shortly after reports surfaced that Louis van Gaal had made him his top target. Ed Woodward had recently claimed that the Red Devils were in a strong financial position and could break the transfer record in necessary.
“It’s difficult to deal in hypotheticals based on lots of different things,” Ed Woodward told The Guardian in July. “The reality is that we’re not afraid of spending significant amounts of money in the transfer market.
“Whether it’s a record or not doesn’t really resonate with us. What resonates is an elite player that the manager wants who is going to be a star for Manchester United.”