Manchester United have received a boost in their pursuit of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale after it was revealed the La Liga champions may have to offload the Welshman to secure the services of AS Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, according to reports from Spain.
Zinedine Zidane is reportedly open to selling the winger, who has 67 goals for Los Blancos, following another season punctuated by injury problems.
Madrid are holding out for an optimal fee for Alvaro Morata, demanding around €80m from Man United, in order to free up funds needed to land Mbappe this summer.
And according to AS Spain, Florentino Perez is open to seeing one member of the BBC – Karim Benzema, Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, not the soon to be privatised news platform – leave the Bernabeu to further supplement the deal, and Bale appears to be the most likely candidate.
This is just how Madrid the business works: special talents are only novel and marketable so long before, ultimately, Perez dips into his bottomless pot and finds the newest, most discussed face, with Mbappe serving as the latest front page recruitment.
Whether Mourinho and Co will opt to launch a mammoth bid – one that won’t be too far away from what was demanded for Ronaldo – for the Welshman, and perhaps sidelining other targets in the process, remains to be seen.