Gareth Bale has reportedly decided to leave Real Madrid in favour of a summer move back to the Premier League as he refused to sign a new contract, and Manchester United or Manchester City could be his next destination claimed Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb.
The Welshman has struck really a record-breaking form this term, bagging 15 goals in 19 games to emerge as the top British scorer in Spanish football history surpassing Gary Lineker.
While the former Tottenham star was heavily linked with a move back to England last year before deciding to stick with Madrid, Rafael Benitez’s unexpected managerial exit and Zidane’s installation has left a dark cloud over his future in the Spanish capital.
The United hierarchy saw the shocking axe of Rafa Benitez an encouraging sign in their pursuit to succeed a record-breaking deal for Gareth Bale. They even reportedly re-launched a staggering £75million-plus bid to rope in Bale from Real Madrid in the January window.
And according to reports Bale could be in the centre of a sensational transfer to either Old Trafford or The Etihad.
But the report also suggested that Real Madrid are keen to retain their world-record signing and will offer Bale a new lucrative contract until 2021, but the 26-year-old’s representatives are said to be working on a deal to see the highly-rated winger link up with either Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola for the next EPL campaign.
With Mourinho confident of taking over from Louis van Gaal at Manchester United and signing some new players, and Guardiola preparing to land a new crop of players to City along with him, it seems like the Manchester clubs have a new arms wrestle to engage in this summer.
Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich were also linked with the 26-year-old in the past.
The rumoured new contract that Real wants to offer Bale would also mean a pay increase surpassing his current £300k-per-week wage, strengthening Real’s belief that he has emerged as the central figure of the team – ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bale gave some serious consideration to a move back to Premier League after United offering a huge £100million for him last summer. But the increasing uncertainty at Old Trafford played a major role in the decision to reject a move to Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Manchester United executive Ed Woodward thinks if they can capture Bale, it will be a massive hit among the United fans but the recent uncertainty over van Gaal’s future at Old Trafford, it is believed the deal has now become tougher.
Back in January, Football leaks revealed Tottenham could potentially block Manchester United’s move to land their long-term target from Real Madrid.
Leaked documents suggested the La Liga giants are contractually bound to notify the Spurs if they decide to accept a rival bid for the £86million star performer.
Tottenham hierarchy would then have a 72 hours’ time to decide whether they wanted to trump that bid from their rivals with a record-breaking offer of their own or just be a spectator.