Man United readying Gareth Bale loan offer – Mirror

As per a report from the Mirror, Manchester United are preparing a loan bid for Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale.

Up-and-down Real stint

Bale, 29, has been on the books of recently dethroned European champions Real since the summer of 2013.

However, as has been widely-covered in the media, the Welshman’s time at the Bernabeu has proven far from straightforward.

Despite having played in a key role in his side’s 4 Champions League triumphs since his arrival in the Spanish capital, showcasing his world-class abilities with countless stunning goals and assists, the story of Bale’s career has long-been the explosive wide-man’s injury troubles.

The former Tottenham man has managed over 30 La Liga starts just once over the course of his 6 years with Real.

The 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons combined, meanwhile, saw Bale start in less than half of Los Blancos’ league outings, after struggling with a number of persistent calf and ankle problems.

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Zidane returns

And the recently-completed 2018/19 campaign saw Bale once again in and out of the starting XI in Madrid.

However, significantly, even when fit, the Welshman’s performances often left a lot to be desired.

Zinedine Zidane’s return to the hotseat at the Bernabeu in March, meanwhile, subsequently saw Bale’s game-time dip even further.

This came to a head last month when, in quite possibly the Welshman’s final outing in a Real jersey, Zidane opted to leave Bale on the bench for the entirety of his side’s 2-0 final-day defeat to Real Betis.

Man United bound?

As such, events in the Spanish capital have since led to the speculation that Bale will be on the move this summer moving up a further notch, despite the 29-year-old himself having reportedly made it clear on a number of occasions that he has no intention of leaving 17 million Euro-per-season on the table:

Of the clubs to have been touted as potential destinations for Bale, Manchester United have been the most persistently-linked.

And, as per the aforementioned update courtesy of the Mirror this evening, the Red Devils could yet find a way to lure the Welshman to Old Trafford, without having to splash out a massive sum.

Such a deal would see United propose a loan for Bale, a route which the Manchester giants are said to be ready to go down.

Simon Mullock reports:

‘United are prepared to take the 29-year-old on a season-long loan with an option to extend the deal by a further 12 months. That would enable Madrid to slash up to £50 million off their wage bill over the course of the next two seasons.’

‘And United are also willing to pay a loan fee.’

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