Man Utd make Gareth Bale transfer decision as Real Madrid look to sell this summer
Manchester United are unwilling to pay the wages of long-term target Gareth Bale, reports say. Real Madrid are determined to offload the Wales international, with Zinedine Zidane regularly exiling him this season. But that will be easier said than done, with the former Tottenham star digging his heels in.
Manchester United’s interest in Bale dates back to the days Sir Alex Ferguson ruled the Old Trafford roost.
The Scot hoped to sign the forward during his time at Southampton but, ultimately, ended up missing out to Tottenham.
David Moyes then attempted to land Bale after taking over from Ferguson in 2013 but, after being snubbed, was forced to settle for solely Marouane Fellaini instead.
And Jose Mourinho repeatedly tried to snap up Bale during his time at United – yet found his attempts fruitless in the end.
This summer, Bale is available.
Real Madrid are determined to get rid of the 31-year-old, who has angered Zidane with his golfing antics throughout his time in the Spanish capital.
Yet the Daily Mail say that no Premier League clubs are willing to match Bale’s salary – and that includes United.
The Red Devils have been keen to move away from signing Galacticos having been big names such as Alexis Sanchez, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Bastian Schweinsteiger toil.
And they won’t be coming to Bale’s rescue this summer.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho remains their top target, with Solskjaer telling Woodward he wants the England international in his squad by the start of September.
And links to Jack Grealish remain ongoing, despite Aston Villa holding out for a fee of £75million in order to let their star asset go.
Meanwhile, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett said earlier in July that his client would be staying at the Bernabeu – despite Real’s determination to cut him loose.
“Gareth is fine. He has two years left on his contract,” he told BBC Sport.
“He likes living in Madrid and he is going nowhere.
“He is still as good as anyone else in the team. It’s up to [Real Madrid manager] Zinedine Zidane.
“Of course there’s been interest but there’s hardly a club in the world which can afford him.
“It’s a great loss that he’s not in the Real Madrid team at the moment but he will not leave.”
Real Madrid star Toni Kroos has hit out at the Bale situation and thinks the Welshman wanted out 12 months ago, when clubs from China were after him.
“There’s no getting around that the situation is unsatisfying for everyone,” he said.
“He certainly wasn’t brought in to play as little as he does now.
“I believe that he wanted to leave last summer in principle and that the club signalled a yes at first and then not again.
“I don’t know if he’s still a bit mad about that. It’s a difficult subject.”