Manchester United are set to launch a fresh £97m bid in a last ditch attempt to sign Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale this summer, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho, despite publicly stating he wouldn’t move for Bale, has reportedly urged the board to make a £100m bid for the Welshman.
Reports from Spain claimed last week that the club, while reluctant to satisfy the Portuguese’s demands, had offered the Champions League winners £92m for the winger.
And according to Spanish media outlet Diario Gol, Ed Woodward will make a final £97m bid for Bale before the transfer window shuts on Thursday night.
The only way Madrid would even consider entertaining this sum tabled by Man United would be if they were concurrently trying to assemble a package to sign Kylian Mbappe from AS Monaco. But this doesn’t seem to be the case, with the Frenchman seemingly set for a move to Paris Saint Germain funded by more questionably acquired Qatari money.
Anything less than a three-figure sum, therefore, is simply out of the question following a transfer window that has seen market forces spiral out of control and transfer fees rise exponentially. Perhaps Mourinho will urge the club to arrange an offer Madrid cannot refuse ahead of next summer’s transfer window.