Real Madrid's decision to sack manager Rafa Benitez yesterday could eventually lead to Gareth Bale's departure from the Bernabeu, according to the Times.
The Welsh winger is said to be frustrated with the decision to let the former Liverpool boss, who took charge of just 25 games before being relieved of his duties, leave the club. Zinedine Zidane has been named as his replacement.
Bale, who joined Madrid from Tottenham for a record-breaking £82 million in 2013, has been in superb form of late with seven goals in his last six games in La Liga.
The Times claim that Bale had previously informed Real Madrid president Florentino Perez that he was happy with his working relationship with Benitez, and has been left frustrated with the decision to let him go.
The paper had previously reported that Manchester United were pushing to get a deal done, most likely in the summer, and add that the price could be as much as £150 million.
The decision to let Benitez go could ensure that Bale leans towards an exit from Madrid, however the size of any potential deal would represent a problem. The Spanish giants are unlikely to let the former Tottenham man leave given Cristiano Ronaldo's advancing years, while his £300,000-per-week contract, combined with his fee, could be an obstacle.
Manchester United have been trying to establish a 'framework' for a deal over the past month or so ahead of a summer swoop, while they've also been linked with Neymar and Ronaldo elsewhere.
The Red Devils have more pressing issues with the January window now open, and have been linked with Lazio playmaker Felipe Anderson. Reports in the Italian media this morning claim that a €50 million deal could be imminent.
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