Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham in 2013 despite the fact that Manchester United offered the North London club a bigger fee than the £85m they received from the La Liga giants. Since moving to the Spanish capital, the Welshman has taken his level up a notch, and he is now regarded as one of the finest footballers of his generation.
In just four full seasons at the club, the 27-year-old has scored 67 goals and registered 51 assists in 149 appearances, and won the Champions League title twice, along with the La Liga, the Copa Del Rey, the Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
Despite proving his level best, Bale’s last two campaigns have been severely affected by a spate of injuries that have restricted his role in Madrid’s first team set-up. This season has been, by far, the worst with regards to injuries for the attacking forward, as he managed just 26 appearances for the team.
After picking up a calf injury in Madrid’s 2-3 defeat against arch-rivals Barcelona at the Bernabeu in April, Bale hasn’t featured for the club since.
Real Madrid will play the Champions League final in Cardiff on Saturday, but Bale looks set to miss out against Juventus in his home city.
After enduring an injury-hit 2016-17 season, reports in the Independent claim that Real are willing to listen to offers and negotiate a switch for Bale, as they seek funds to sign Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe or Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
Manchester United are long-term admirers for the former Tottenham man, and the report goes on to say that he might be available to move to Old Trafford once the transfer window reopens. After missing out on Antoine Griezmann, Bale could be a marquee signing for United if they successfully lure him away from Spain.
Real Madrid would either demand a fee of around £100m from the Red Devils for the former Southampton graduate, or hope that it could help them bag David De Gea.
Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam
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