Manchester United hold preliminary talks with Real Madrid over possible Gareth Bale transfer – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United have held preliminary talks with Real Madrid over the possibility of signing Gareth Bale as the La Liga champions look to secure Kylian Mbappe, according to reports.

The Welshman’s agent, in response to talk of Bale moving to Old Trafford to pave the way for Mbappe, was quick to dismiss such a prospect last month. 

However, Spanish outlet Marca have reported that Madrid will have to sell one of the ‘BBC’ – Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo – if they are to complete a deal for the Frenchman.

And according to the Express‘ Jack Wilson, preliminary talks with both Man United and Chelsea have been held over a possible move for Bale, valued at around £90m by the Spanish side.

We should note that the only reason United wouldn’t go after Bale, as Mourinho notes himself, was because pursuing such an established name would constitute a waste of valuable energy and time on somebody unlikely to leave the Bernabeu. That was the initial line.

Recent developments, however, have swung the pendulum in United’s favour: if Madrid really are determined to offload Bale this in order to usher in Mbappe, Mourinho and Co could play on that ambition to secure a good deal for the talented winger.

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