The pressure is growing on Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale, who has been made the scapegoat for the club’s recent run of poor form. The Welshman has been booed by his own supporters on multiple occasions, and could soon be looking for a swift escape from the Bernabeu.
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Manchester United are known admirers of the world’s most expensive player, having unsuccessfully tried to sign him from Tottenham Hotspur ahead of his move to the European Champions in 2013.
Despite Madrid president Florentino Perez publicly backing Bale to succeed, a summer revamp could still result in the 25-year-old returning to the Premier League.
The Spanish giants would certainly benefit from a big-money sale, and below we’ve ranked ten players that they could target once a fat United cheque has begun weighing down their pockets…
10) Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund)
The German international midfielder has been widely linked with a move in the upcoming transfer window, and could jump at the opportunity to line up alongside international teammate Toni Kroos.
9) Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)
Arguably the deadliest striker in Europe right now, the Frenchman has scored 26 goals in 27 games so far this season – firing Lyon to the top of their league table. Madrid need a striker, and would surely love to add him.