Fresh Bid For Gareth Bale

BaleManchester United are monitoring Gareth Bale’s adaptation at Real Madrid in the hope of bringing the Welshman back to the Premier League.

With Madrid president Florentino Perez already under pressure for sanctioning Bale’s world-record €100million fee and the player targeted by sceptical Spanish media, United believe it may be possible to broker a deal by the coming summer.

David Moyes and Ed Woodward made a concerted effort to bring Bale to Old Trafford in the last transfer window. United’s newly installed manager and chief executive pairing moved when it became clear that Madrid were stalling on the detail of the €100m move.

United offered to match Tottenham’s aggressive valuation of Bale with a bid that would have more than doubled the champions’ record transfer spend. They are also understood to have included a player exchange in the deal that was more appealing to Tottenham than any proposed by Madrid as the market drew to a close.

At the same time, Perez was attempting to broker an alternative move for Radamel Falcao. Though Madrid were ready to spend as much as €90m on a striker who had joined AS Monaco for two thirds of that fee just three months earlier, the principality club would not countenance such an accelerated sale of their own headline signing.

Desperate to deliver a Galactico recruit to Madrid’s support after a summer in which he had lost Neymar to Barcelona, Perez came to a final agreement with Tottenham. On his part, Bale pushed for the completion what he subsequently labelled “a dream” switch to the game’s most affluent club.

Whether the forward will continue to hold that opinion of Madrid now he is part of the club remains to be seen. His entry to the Bernabeu has been clouded by injury and negative reporting.
United’s calculation is that such pressures could play hard enough on Bale and Perez to leave them receptive to a summer transfer.- Mail

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