Gareth Bale is ready to agree a move to Manchester United in the summer paving the way for a £117 million record deal, reports The Express.
Louis van Gaal reportedly made the Real Madrid star his top transfer target after executive vice-president Ed Woodward told him no player was out of reach for the Red Devils.
Some news outlets reported that a world record bid of £117 million was launched Real Madrid's way only hours later. However, it was suggested that Florentino Perez had every intention of rejecting the offer unless Bale told the club that he wanted to leave.
Now it appears that the Welshman is ready to do exactly that, asking Real Madrid to let him leave only 18 months after making the move to the Bernabeu.
The move to Old Trafford would make Bale the first player to break the transfer record twice since Diego Maradona. His transfer from Tottenham Hotspur cost Los Blancos £86 million back in 2013 and he currently earns £300,000-a-week.
Van Gaal refused to be drawn into discussions about his reported interest in Bale but, interestingly, could not rule out a move for the 25-year-old.
He told reporters yesterday:" "I cannot discuss that with you.
"I discuss that with my CEO and not anyone from the media."
Bale has always maintained that he is happy in Spain despite continued interest from Old Trafford. But it appears he is starting to pine for a return to the Premier League after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid last season.
The Welshman scored the decisive goal against Atletico Madrid in last year's final, but is yet to win over the majority of Real Madrid fans. An online poll saw almost 54 per cent vote to sell Bale to Manchester United should a world record offer come in.