Manchester United are preparing a third attempt to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale.
The defending European champions have decided to cut their losses and sell the Welshman.
Bale recently suffered a fresh injury setback on his return to first-team training, after recovering from a previous one.
Incredibly, of Madrid’s last 60 games, Bale has missed 40 of them.
The player has suffered 19 different injuries since joining from Spurs for £85m.
He is currently expected to be sidelined for the remainder of 2017.
Subsequently, the Spanish giants have lost patience and are now looking to sell the 28-year-old.
Gareth Bale currently has just one-year remaining on his current deal
Manchester United interested
The Red Devils have been interested in bringing Bale back to the Premier League for some time now.
United believe that Jose Mourinho would be able to help eliminate Bale’s injury issues.
The Portuguese coach admitted at the start of the season that he would be “fighting with the other coaches who would like to have him on their team” should he become available.
Madrid are hoping to recoup close to the £85m which they signed him for in the summer of 2013.
They are able to demand this for Bale, given the player has four-years left on his current contract.
Madrid may have to relax on this stance, should they hope to shift the player.
Tottenham to move?
Any Tottenham move for the player would automatically be limited by the club’s wage structure.
This is currently dwarfed in comparison to that of Manchester United’s, who could easily afford his sky-high wages.
Tottenham highest earner is currently Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris, who are both on less than double Bale’ Madrid wages.
Tottenham’s only hope of bringing back Bale to north London is that Daniel Levy insisted on a first option to sign him.