Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is confident of wrapping up a deal with Real Madrid over the transfer of Gareth Bale, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles.
With the Red Devils set for another summer spending spree having agreed on a deal for Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk and defender Diogo Dalot from Porto FC, attentions have switched to signing a big name player that would add another dimension to United’s attack.
The Welsh superstar has hinted he could leave Real Madrid this summer after growing frustrated with his reduced playing time at the club.
The 28-year-old played an essential role in securing a third European title in a row for Los Blancos but revealed after he would talk to his agent about the future. He grabbed a brace in a 3-1 victory over Liverpool after coming on as a substitute.
According to transfer expert Castles in a discussion on The Transfer Window podcast. “Bale’s decision, if there’s a bid made, will depend on who the new coach is and whether they can convince him about his status in the team,”
“Bale has resisted leaving Madrid for a long time, but this summer’s different, and he’s actively pursuing a move, he spoke about it after the Champions League final.
“He went into those last few games of the season having been instructed by people close to him that he needed to market himself.
“He went into those last few games of the season having been instructed by people close to him that he needed to market himself. “Manchester United are definitely interested. Mourinho tried to sign him last summer.
“He’s confident of convincing the Glazers to approve the enormous finances involved in getting him.
“Madrid will ask for €100m. Bale is on a net salary of €12m.
“There will be a discussion [between Mourinho and United] along the lines of ‘Yes I want Bale, if you can do it, but I also need money to reinforce other areas of the team.’”
The departure of the speedy Welsh man may still have a final twist to its tail considering the resignation of Zidane as the coach meaning his transfer to another club may be dependent on the arrival of the new manager.