Man United in talks with Real Madrid over Bale move

Real president Florentino Perez backs Bale, having signed him for a world record 86 million pounds (around $111 million) from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. But now it looks like the Welshman's time in Spain is coming to an end with manager Zinedine Zidane happy to let him go. Manchester United have been linked with the 27-year old in the past and are willing to bid for Bale. The Old Trafford club are meanwhile intent on signing another "marquee name" this summer, and have been forced to look elsewhere now that Antoine Griezmann has confirmed he is staying at Atletico Madrid for at least another season.

He has struggled with injury this season and is fighting to be fit for Saturday night's final against Juventus which will be played in his hometown of Cardiff.

The Welsh global has continued to forge a reputation as one of the best players on the planet during his time in Spain having scored 67 goals and provided 51 assists in his 149 appearances so far. Hardly encouraging stats considering he is one of the best attacking players in the world. It remains to be seen if Real can prise either one of the duo away from Monaco or Chelsea.

United have so far been resolute in their refusal to even countenance the sale of the goalkeeper, since they simply do not need the money or to negotiate, although some sources feel a swap deal could yet be possible. When Bale signed for Real Madrid, it looked like he would be the flawless replacement for Ronaldo.

  • Julie Sanders