Manchester United are looking to seal a move for £53 million-rated Gareth Bale, according to reports in Spain.
Jose Mourinho has been on a mission to secure the signature of a world-class winger since he arrived at the club a year ago, but he has failed to do so as yet, and it is fair to say that he is far from happy about it.
Mourinho spent a large portion of July and August attempting to seal a move for Bale or Ivan Perisic, but neither of the moves went through.
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Despite securing three of his four targets, reports suggested that he wasn’t particularly happy with Ed Woodward for failing to get his desired wide man.
The evidence of how desperate the Portuguese manager is to beef up his squad to match Manchester City is seen in his plans to try and sign players in January.
The former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss tends to avoid the winter window because he knows clubs are reluctant to sell and will try to increase the prices for their players, but he seems ready to do whatever it takes this time around.
Bale’s impact for the Madrid giants is massive every time he steps on to the pitch – he recently scored Real’s equalizer in the FIFA Club World Cup with his first touch as a substitute – but the issue is not how well he plays, it is for how many minutes.
Over the last two seasons, the Welshman has been plagued by consistent injury problems, and it appears as though Real have given up, and are now ready to cash in so that they can find a replacement.
They are said to be keen on receiving close to £79 million for him, although they are aware that this is unlikely given his recent injury battles.
Mourinho, according to Diario Gol, has already been in contact with Bale, and has reached a pre-contract agreement with the player. The fee on the table is set to be around £53 million, which is well short of what Real hoped to receive, but they don’t seem to have a choice.
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