Gareth Bale enjoyed a successful first season as a Real Madrid player, showing why he's the most expensive player in the world.
This season, however, Bale has struggled for consistency and is looking set to leave Los Blancos in the summer.
Bale's performance against Juventus summed up his season. Many people expect the Welshman to leave the Bernabeu this season in what is likely to be another massive transfer fee.
His £300,000-a-week wages and £80m asking price virtually rule out every club in the world. One obvious exception is Manchester United.
Real Madrid are believed to want to hold onto Bale for one more year, although the worry for president Florentino Perez is that, should Bale have a similar season next year as he's had this, no-one will pay top dollar for him.
Odds get shorter
Before the second leg between Juventus and Real Madrid, Bale was, courtesy of Betfair, was 6/4 to join Manchester United this summer. After the 90 minutes was up, Bale's odds went to 6/5 for a transfer to move to Old Trafford.
That would have been in part down to another abject performance from the winger but may also have been the result of this journalist.
The Telegraph reports that Sunday Express correspondent John Richardson told MUTV that the deal was all but completed.
"I think it's a done deal to be honest," Richardson said.
"I know somebody very close to Gareth Bale and the public are not hearing the real thing. He's very unhappy there and he's unhappy with his treatment."
The deal could cost Manchester United close to £80m, although with the backing of new kit sponsor Adidas, the funds may be available to acquire Bale.
The Welshman is also sponsored by Adidas, meaning the deal would be perfect for the brand.
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