Manchester United preparing £100m Gareth Bale bid – report

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United are ready to test Real Madrid’s resolve and hand Louis van Gaal £100m to bid for Gareth Bale this summer, reports The Telegraph.

Thanks to the new £75m a year Adidas contract as well as a multitude of other regional sponsorship deals, on top of an increased revenue from television rights and a likely spot back in the Champions League, United are going to have a substantial amount of money to spend in the upcoming transfer window.

As such, although the idea of spending £100m is a mind boggling and eye watering thought, it is likely to be well within United’s remit and wouldn’t even force the club to breach Financial Fair Play rules.

Bale has had a great career so far at Madrid but this season there have been multiple occasions where fans have booed him inside the stadium and even abused him when driving away from training.

As such, reports linking other clubs with a move for him started a few months ago but this is the first example which suggests a move is genuinely being considered, and especially for that sort of money.

One major aspect to consider with any move for Bale is that David de Gea‘s future is likely to be involved in any conversation and could potentially be brought into negotiations.

Looking at the wider picture, it’s going to be one hell of a summer. United’s board were willing to give van Gaal £150m to spend when there was no Champions League football and no world record kit sponsorship deal in place. That summer, 14 players left United and six new faces were brought in. This summer, it’s shaping up to be just as busy a window for United.

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