Man Utd given hope by Real Madrid over Gareth Bale transfer


Manchester United are on red alert after being given fresh encouragement in their long-standing pursuit of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale.

Bale has been coveted by United for years, with the club first trying to sign the Welshman in 2007 before he joined Spurs and then failing with a £103 million bid to hijack his move to Real four years ago.

But United could be about to make a fresh move for Bale after Zinedine Zidane admitted he could not guarantee the 28-year-old will remain at the Bernabeu this summer.

Real are hoping to sign France striker Kylian Mbappe from Monaco in a potential £161 million world record deal that has intensified talk of one of the club’s prominent array of forwards making way.

Questions have also been raised about the futures of Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer but Bale is seen as the most expendable of that trio following his battles with injury and struggles to dislodge playmaker Isco from the team.

There is also thought to be a belief that the European champions, who have brought in around £90 million in sales this summer, need to raise more capital to help fund the move for Mbappe.

United have held talks with Inter Milan over Croatia winger Ivan Perisicas manager Jose Mourinho targets two more signings although they have decided not to compete with Paris St Germain for Barcelona striker Neymar nor will they join Manchester City in the race to sign Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez.

Asked about the prospect of one of his leading forwards leaving this summer, Zidane could offer no guarantees. “I hope they all stay for this season,” the Real coach said. “I hope everyone remains.

I want everyone who is here now to stay, but anything can happen right up until August 31.”

I want everyone who is here now to stay, but anything can happen right up until August 31.”

Nothing has happened until now, and we have the squad we have."