Manchester United will sell Van Persie and Di Maria for Gareth Bale

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Manchester United will attempt to offload Robin van Persie and Angel di Maria this summer to make room for Gareth Bale, reports The Mirror.

Louis van Gaal has been left disappointed by the British record signing Di Maria and is ready to cash in on the Argentinian despite paying £59.7m for him just last summer.

Van Persie also considered to be in terminal decline and Manchester United are keep to get his £250,000-a-week wages off the bill.

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Allowing them both to leave Old Trafford will free up a mammoth £500,000-a-week, allowing Van Gaal to pursue this summer's marquee signing, Bale.

Old Trafford officials are believed to have received plenty of encouragement from Bale's camp that he would like to return to the Premier League.

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The scapegoat

He has become discontent with life at Real Madrid and has been widely criticised by both the fans and the Spanish media for a series of poor performances.

While Bale has performed badly in recent weeks, his disenchantment is a direct result of the fans making him the scapegoat for the team's failing.

Despite his agent insisting that he is happy in Madrid, it is believed that, behind the scenes, the Wales international is angling for a move to Manchester United.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is keen to keep Bale at the Bernabeu, possibly only because selling him would be admitting that buying him in the first place was a mistake.

But Perez is starting to believe that Bale's position at Real Madrid is becoming untenable and is ready to put him up for sale. He paid Tottenham £86m in 2013, but £80m is believed to be enough to seal Bale's signature.

Selling off the scraps

All of this hinges, of course, on Manchester United being able to sell of their own faltering mega stars.

Di Maria should have a good sell on value, but only Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be interested at the moment. The French outfit have financial fair play to think about and may not be able to afford a significant transfer fee.

Van Persie is a tougher sell. He will be 32-years-old next season and has struggled for both form and fitness over the last two seasons.

His huge wages will not be matched elsewhere and Manchester United may find they have to give him a sizeable pay off to leave.


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