According to reports in Spain, Manchester United believe that they will be able to prise Gareth Bale away from Real Madrid this summer.
The Welshman has been linked with a move to Old Trafford previously, but the speculation has failed to ever lead to anything tangible as he went on to secure another Champions League triumph this past season.
However, according to El Confidencial, he’s back on United’s transfer radar, and this time round, the Premier League outfit genuinely believe that they have a chance of signing him.
It is claimed that the former Tottenham star is eager to return to England, and coupled with the arrival of Jose Mourinho at United and the significant funds that he will have to spend this summer, it has become a more realistic and attractive prospect for Bale.
The Red Devils have supposedly put €120m aside to put towards signing the Madrid forward, and it will serve to further test the La Liga giants’ resolve with President Florentino Perez desperate to keep hold of his star asset.
Perez has seen Bale as the natural heir to Cristiano Ronaldo once the Portuguese international opts to leave or retire, and although he has locked him into a contract until 2019, the Welshman’s desire to return to the Premier League could be too difficult to overcome.
Ronaldo could yet sign a contract extension himself, and while Bale has enjoyed a solid season under both Rafael Benitez and Zinedine Zidane, he will likely become a central figure for United next season if he did choose to make the switch to Manchester.
It’s a difficult decision for the 26-year-old, as ultimately he will be guaranteed the chance to continue to compete for silverware next season onwards for one of the biggest, if not the biggest, clubs in the world.
In contrast, a move to United would not be seen as a step down as he would join another world giant and will form an integral part of Mourinho’s rebuild. El Confidencial seem confident that United believe they’re in with a shout, but it remains to be seen if that’s how things turn out later this summer with nothing likely to happen until after Euro 2016.