Manchester United Transfer Target Bale Could Be Sold

Zidane Wants Bale Transfer If Mbappe Is Bought

Gareth Bale Manchester United transfer news and rumours
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Manchester United transfer target Gareth Bale could be sold by Real Madrid before the La Liga side sign Kylian Mbappe.

Bale has long been linked with interest from Old Trafford although his agent claimed last week that there has been nothing concrete from Manchester United since before Bale moved to the Bernabeu from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.

But an exit for Bale may be on the cards following reports that the Welshman could be sacrificed if Real are to make a move for Mbappe. What is particularly interesting is that the report comes in the Spanish newspaper Marca which is often regarded as a mouthpiece for Real Madrid.

Marca claims that Real coach Zinedine Zidane believes Mbappe isn’t compatible with Real’s forward line of Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo – the so-called BBC. He believes that one of the trio must be sold if Mbappe arrives with Bale the favourite.

Real president Florentino Perez and the club’s chief executive Jose Angel Sanchez had a meeting in mid-July with Monaco president Dmitri Rybolovlev and vice-president Vadim Vasilyev. The French champions have always maintained that Mbappe will not be sold. However, at this meeting, Real were told that Monaco would sell the 18-year-old, but only for €190million (£171million).

As was reported last month Real offered €180million made up of either €150million plus €30million in add-ons or €160million plus €20million.

However, Monaco are trying to get more out of the deal after seeing what Paris Saint-Germain are paying for Neymar. For example, they now want a €25million bonus if Mbappe wins the Ballon D’Or. Real regard that as too high.

Zidane doesn’t want four strikers in his side. That’s why Alvaro Morata was sold to Chelsea. He also doesn’t want a bad atmosphere amongst his players – hence James Rodriguez’s departure.

As for Manchester United, they will be watching developments closely. Sir Alex Ferguson was always a strong admirer of Bale and United’s interest in the Welshman hasn’t gone away. But they will also be aware that Barcelona are now interested in Mbappe following Neymar’s departure for Paris Saint-Germain and could make a move of their own. There is no conflict over playing time at the Nou Camp.

Real have put the feelers out over a possible €100million (£89million) transfer for Bale. Both Manchester United and Chelsea have shown an interest. That might explain why there has been no contact over the past few days between United and Inter Milan over Ivan Perisic. It also explains Zidane’s recent comment that “anything could happen” with regards to his main strikers before the transfer deadline on 31 August.