Manchester United’s chances of clinching the summer transfer of Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale largely hinge on the wishes of the player himself, according to latest reports.
The Wales international has long been linked with United and the Manchester Evening News even claims talks to bring him to Old Trafford are at an advanced stage.
It would seem all that is needed now is the green light from the player himself, but the MEN report that he’s still seeking assurances over his Real Madrid situation from the Spanish giants’ end.
Having sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus this summer, Bale may have his biggest opportunity yet to become the main man at the Bernabeu.
The 29-year-old has shone in fits and bursts at Real but is yet to truly nail down a role in the team as a focal point and big influence on the side.
United seem to be in with a chance of signing Bale but MEN suggests they must wait for him to come to a final decision based on the response he gets from Madrid.
With players like Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford not really hitting peak form last season, there’s clear room in Jose Mourinho’s side for a pacey, skilful goalscorer like Bale out wide.
The Daily Mirror have previously claimed Bale would cost around £100million, which seems about the going rate for a player of his calibre in this market and which is not a fee that should be beyond a club like United.