The latest twist in the saga sees the United manager admit he would be willing to acquire the Welsh forward should he become available
After recently playing down the possibility of a transfer, JM now says he will “fight with other coaches” to sign Gareth Bale should the Merengues indicate a willingness to sell.
And with United taking on Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup on Tuesday, the special one intends to use the game to gauge the Spaniards’ willingness to retain the player.
“If he plays, it is the clearest signal that he is staying there … he is in the plans of the coach and the club, and it is in his own plans and ambitions to stay there”
Jose Mourinho on Bale
United have been searching for a winger, with Ivan Perisic previously tipped to join JM’s side, but with a deal looking unlikely the attention appears to have shifted to the Madrid man.
The 28 year old is a long term United target with the club having failed to sign him prior to joining Tottenham from Southampton and before his (then) world record move to Spain in 2013.
After playing the Champions League winners during the recent stateside tour, the special one reportedly joked with Bale saying “I can’t buy you because you don’t talk to me”.
After same match, Bale and Lukaku were pictured in conversion – which got United fans excited, despite the Welshman’s claims of offering encouragement to the new signing.
On his part, the Welshman publicly remains committed to the Spanish giants having signed a new deal to extend his stay in Madrid until 2022, just this past October.
His agent also recently moved to distance the player from any transfer from the Bernabeu, labeling all rumors linking the player away as being “ridiculous and stupid”.
Yet the rumors persist.
Real Madrid’s interest in signing Monaco wonder-kid Kylian Mbappe is suggested to be key to Bale becoming available – as well as the continued improvement of Isco and Asensio.
But United’s relationship with Madrid will likely prove a stumbling block to any discussions, in light of the recent Morata negotiations – and his subsequent move to Chelsea for less.
Before the declaration of interest, there were already rumors circulating that the Spaniards would be willing to sell Bale to United, if de Gea moved in the opposite direction.
Bale’s injury record and age means the prospect of an exchange would be less beneficial to United; considering he made only 17 league starts last term.
However, United should become favorites for the EPL title should Ed Woodward manage to somehow prise the former Spurs player away from Madrid this summer.