Manchester United are prepared to shelve their plans to sign Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale next summer unless Real Madrid are willing to lower the Welshman’s price tag. The Wales international has suffered regular injury setbacks since the start of last season, and he is currently recuperating from a calf issue which has restricted him to just five La Liga appearances.
According to The Mirror, Jose Mourinho could end his long-term pursuit of the attacker, should Real Madrid stick with their current £100m valuation. The report adds that the Special One values Bale in the £50-60m region, similarly to De Gea, and anything above that would end United’s pursuit of the Welshman.
Bale’s persistent fitness concerns have urged the European champions to mull over his future, and United are, for now, the sole club interested in securing his services at just around half of his initial valuation.
United are blessed with attacking talents in the form of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and the recently refreshed Jesse Lingard, but they could do with the services of a fit-Bale, who has the ability to test defences from long-range, something we rarely see with United under Jose Mourinho.