Manchester United are playing close attention to how Gareth Bale adapts to life at Real Madrid with the view to a shock move for the Welshman next year.
It is becoming increasingly clear that Bale has already started to feel the wrath of the Spanish media, who have not only questioned the immense fee paid for the Welsh international, but have also criticised the under-par performances Bale has put in so far for the La Liga giants.
The 24-year-old has endured a difficult start to his Real career, suffering a series of niggling injuries.
The Premier League champions were interested in buying Bale in the summer but after the £85million world record fee was tabled by Spanish giants Madrid, United were left powerless to compete.
Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is already coming under pressure for sanctioning such a huge fee on a player who is yet to impress the club’s sceptical supporters.
According to a report in one Sunday paper, United are watching the situation closely in the hope that Real may be willing to cut their losses next summer.
David Moyes has seen his Man United side struggle for form so far and the former Everton boss managed just one high profile signing in the form of Marouane Fellaini in the summer. Moyes is outwardly looking to prove the non-believers wrong, it seems.
Both new manager and United’s Chief Executive Ed Woodward were criticised for their transfer failings during the last window, however, Moyes is prepared to go back for Bale in 2014.
Although, the Welsh international looks intent on making his presence felt at the Bernabeu.
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