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 soon-to-be 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.
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.
Gareth Bale has three years on his contract.
Real Madrid were 2-0 down. Zinedine Zidane left him benched. @GuillemBalague: “The guy in charge didn’t show Gareth Bale any respect or love last season, comes back and doesn’t even talk to him.” || https://t.co/me8DZarSWt pic.twitter.com/WJCYKCotDy
— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) May 19, 2019
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:
Bale reportedly told his Real Madrid teammates he’ll “stay and play golf” if he doesn’t earn €17m per season elsewherehttps://t.co/XaF3Pyhi6L
— SPORT English (@Sport_EN) May 19, 2019
According to AS, Gareth Bale has told the Real Madrid board that he intends to stay put next season 👀
Thoughts? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/EmHYe8YGmJ
— Goal (@goal) June 8, 2019
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.’