Manchester United could launch a fresh bid for Gareth Bale if Real Madrid end up signing Kylian Mbappe this summer, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho was asked about the Welshman prior to Man United’s pre-season win over Madrid on Sunday and insisted that the club would not pursue a player they didn’t believe they could sign.
The complexion since then has changed, however, in the wake of reports claiming that a deal in principle worth £161m had been agreed between the La Liga champions and AS Monaco for Kylian Mbappe.
And according to the Independent‘s Miquel Delaney, United might consider a fresh bid for the 28-year-old in the wake of Mbappe’s possible move.
There was a time when Bale was the hottest property out there, catapulted to worldwide recognition by becoming Madrid’s marquee signing in 2013. Cristiano Ronaldo was that man back in 2009 and James Rodriguez served the same function in 2014 following an excellent World Cup.
And now, in 2017, following two comparatively quiet transfer windows, Madrid need to crown their status as successive Champions League winners by bringing in the newest hottest property out there: the mesmerising Mbappe.
This is not just the Spaniards throwing their weight around; these signings are a matter of necessity for a club that can never stand still, and it may indeed spell the end for Bale – now old news on a commercial level – and set in motion a move to Old Trafford.