Real Madrid could be willing to loan Gareth Bale to Manchester United this summer, according to reports in Spain.
Following his heroics in the Champions League final last season in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool, Bale has failed to live up to the expectations of the Los Blancos’ support.
The Welshman has 11 goals and five assists in 37 appearances in all competitions this term with only 24 of those in the starting XI.
Florentino Perez has long refused to sanction a Premier League return for Bale despite annual interest, with the Welshman enjoying protected Galactico status from on high. No longer.
The Independent recently claimed that Zinedine Zidane and Real were willing to take a financial hit on their original investment if it means they were able to sell Bale this summer – with the asking price still set at £100million.
And now Marca (via Sport Witness) claims that the Spanish giants are now ready to sanction a loan move this summer with the loan club paying a fee plus his £500k-a-week wages, while they would have an option to buy.
The report adds that even United, who have been heavily linked with Bale, wouldn’t be able to afford the asking price on a permanent move and his astronomical wages.
However, the Red Devils remain Real’s first hope as Arsenal and Tottenham would be unlikely to afford such a loan deal, Chelsea are facing issues with their transfer ban and Manchester City don’t hold any interest in the player.
PSG and Bayern Munich are ‘two hypothetical candidates’ as Real eye up sending Bale on a loan deal similar to the one James Rodriguez finds himself on at the German club.
The report continues by claiming that on April 9 a meeting between the Madrid hierarchy and Bale’s agent ended with the club telling his representative that he will not be in their plans next season.