Man United continue to pursue Real Madrid star Gareth Bale with the Daily Express claiming that the Old Trafford side are willing to pay more than the world record £86m fee the Spanish side paid Tottenham for the attacker two years ago.
The 26-year-old has proven a very effective performer over the past two seasons in the Spanish capital though it would be fair to say that the Welsh international’s second campaign did not prove as successful as his first.
Bale played a key role in helping Real Madrid to Champions League and Copa del Rey titles in 2013/14, the wide-man netting in both finals, but came in for some criticism over the course of 2014/15 (via the Daily Mail).
The Daily Express believe that Man United will use funds made from the club’s likely sale of Angel di Maria to help boost the Premier League side’s push to bring in Bale.
Newly appointed Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez is open to using Bale (via Goal.com) in a central striking role but this doesn’t appear to have dampened Louis van Gaal’s interest in the player.
The Daily Express believes Gareth Bale’s standing with new Man United kit suppliers Adidas as a motivating factor and clearly the cash pumped in from the deal will help to finance a big bid.
Louis van Gaal has already invested heavily in improving his Man United squad following their successful return to Champions League action with the Dutch manager completing deals to bring in Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Sergio Romero.