Manchester United may have a shock opportunity to sign one of their top transfer targets over the past few seasons – if they can put together a deal that is enticing enough to convince him.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Gareth Bale is becoming increasingly unsure over whether his future at Real Madrid will be long term after enduring some very difficult times this season and could be ready to consider a transfer.
The report claims that Manchester United were very keen on the Wales international when he was leaving Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, but could not persuade him to choose Old Trafford over Spain and he moved to the Santiago Bernabeu in a world record £85.3million deal.
Despite a strong start to his career playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, he has been booed and whistled relentlessly by fans of the club for much of this season. With some claiming it is because they believe he is being too greedy with the ball.
The 25-year-old has been drained of confidence and has only found the net once in his last nine games as Carlo Ancelotti’s side have struggled for form, losing their place at the top of La Liga to Barcelona in the process.
It goes on to claim that Bale ideally wants another year to try and win over los Merengues, but will consider leaving this summer if the right offer comes in – he has always been open to joining Manchester United.
Louis van Gaal is struggling to get decent performances out of his team so far this season and they have looked short of a spark going forward. Despite having attacking talent like Wayne Rooney, Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie, they have been unable to achieve any real fluency.
Manchester United’s manager would certainly get someone capable of providing that spark in Bale, who was almost unstoppable when on his game in the final season at Spurs. He would likely cost a very significant sum of money, but he is one of the few players it would be worth paying for.
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