Bale has twice been the subject of United approaches but Louis Van Gaal could finally bring the Welshman to Old Trafford this summer, if Real decide to sell.
United tried to sign the 25-year-old attacker from Southampton before he joined Tottenham in 2007, while they also attempted to beat Real Madrid to his signing in 2013 with a reported £100 million bid at the last minute.Embed from Getty Images
The same amount could be offered to the Spanish giants this summer and United could do so without breaking Financial Fair Play rules as a result of their huge Adidas kit deal which will come into effect next season, while a return to the Champions League will also increase their financial muscle.
Bale has struggled to replicate the form he showed during his first season in Madrid and has come under pressure from supporters in recent months. He has family in the UK and is expected to return to the Premier League at some point, though he is keen to stay in Spain for at least another season.
United need six points from their final four games to ensure they qualify for next season’s Champions League and that could see Van Gaal go on a huge summer spending spree as he attempts to make the Red Devils a genuine title challenger in the top flight next year.Embed from Getty Images
As well as targeting Bale, the Red Devils are expected to try and sign Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne and PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay.
Bale won the PFA Player of the Year award in his final season with Spurs after scoring 21 goals in 33 league appearances before moving to Real Madrid for a world record £85 million in the summer of 2013, but has been linked with a return to England this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester City also interested.
Would Gareth Bale be the signing to help Manchester United challenge for the title next season? Should they pay £100 million for him?