But Manchester United Won’t Meet Asking Price
Manchester United are not being put off by Gareth Bale’s injury problems and will make a bid to sign the Wales international next summer.
Bale looks set to be sold by Real Madrid after suffering his latest injury setback. He injured his thigh in training ahead of Wales’ international friendly with France last week. The injury will keep him out for another month and it means the former Tottenham Hotspur man has missed 45 percent of Real Madrid’s matches since he moved to the club from White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013. That figure rises to 66 percent when the La Liga side’s last 60 games are considered.
But Bale’s fitness record at Tottenham was much better than it has been at Madrid. He played a total of 144 games for Spurs during his final three seasons at the club and United believe they can get him back to that level.
Real paid £85million for Bale in 2013 and will demand as much back as they can of that amount. United are likely to offer a much lower fee for a player who turns 29 next July.
There is still a chance he could return to Tottenham. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy inserted a clause into the transfer agreement giving the north London club an option to re-sign Bale. However, the Welshman is unlikely to entertain such a move. Spurs’ wage structure would offer a much lower salary than United. Bale currently earns around £350,000 a week at Real Madrid and although he may earn less than that at Old Trafford he would earn considerably more than the £100,000 a week ceiling currently in operation at Tottenham.
The Wales international signed a new contract only last year and his present deal runs to 2022. A return to fitness and a good run of form could save his skin at Madrid. But it is looking unlikely especially if Real chief Florentino Perez has a clear-out next summer.