Manchester United could still move for Gareth Bale this summer if Real Madrid make it clear that the Welshman is available, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho, speaking ahead of his side’s pre-season clash with the La Liga champions, indicated that he wouldn’t target Bale amid fears of losing “time and energy” over pursuing an unlikely agreement with Florentino Perez.
However, the complexion has changed following Marca‘s claim that a £161m deal with AS Monaco had been agreed in principle for Kylian Mbappe, which places Bale’s future at the Bernabeu in doubt, especially after a season punctuated by injury.
And according to ESPN‘s Rob Dawson, Man United will consider making a bid for Bale if it becomes clear that Madrid are willing to let him leave.
Negotiating with Madrid has proven to be like running through treacle this summer. Just look at how the Alvaro Morata deal turned out.
But the dynamic here is different. Madrid, should they sign Mbappe, would have to exclude either Karim Benzema or Bale to include the Frenchman in a front three alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, and given the Welshman’s shaky campaign last term he will have to think cautiously about how many minutes will come his way next year.
Another cause for optimism surrounding Bale is that, with £161m set to be tabled, Madrid will jump at an opportunity to raise funds in any way they can.