Huge boost for Man United’s Gareth Bale hopes as Real Madrid consider selling Welsh wizard

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Real Madrid are reportedly considering selling top Manchester United target Gareth Bale in the summer as they grow impatient with his injury record.

The Welshman has only been available for 44% of Real’s fixtures this season and is currently sidelined by a calf problem, according to Spanish publication AS.

His latest layoff is Bale’s 11th since his world-record arrival from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 and rules him out of Saturday’s Madrid derby with Atletico.

AS has calculated that the 26-year-old has featured in 8,620 minutes of a total of 13,590 during his career in Spain, only 63% of Real’s first-team action.

He is costing the La Liga giants £592,000 per game and Los Blancos are believed to be weighing up whether or not his fitness issues could mean the exit door.

Man United are long-term admirers of Bale, having reportedly tried to sign him before he joined Tottenham from Southampton, and before he joined Real.

They are in desperate need of some star power and attacking sparkle at Old Trafford, and would be one of the only clubs who could afford to sign the forward.

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