Reports: Manchester United set to complete audacious €106 million move for Real Madrid superstar
Could Manchester United pull off the transfer of the summer at the expense of the European Champions?
What's the story?
This is another left-field story coming out of Manchester! After reports emanated claiming that the Red Devils were planning a last-minute swoop for Chelsea's Willian Borges, fresh reports are coming, courtesy the good folk at Daily Star, that United's officials are in talks with Real Madrid to finalise one of the biggest transfers of the summer - that of Gareth Bale to Manchester United!
Fresh competition from Marco Asensio, who's started this season on fire, seems to have turned Bale's head toward a potential move
In case you didn't know
Manchester United have a long-held interest in the Welsh Wizard - in fact, Real Madrid had to beat away competition from the English giants before finalising the Gareth Bale deal on a similarly frenetic deadline day in 2013.
His move to Madrid hasn't been as much as a success as he'd have hoped for and although a return of 68 goals from 154 games in 4 years at Madrid isn't such a bad return, injury and a lack of consistency hasn't endeared him to the Bernabeu faithful.
The heart of the matter
While Florentino Perez is averse to sell his most expensive Galactico till date, there is a major section of the Madrid hierarchy, and fanbase, that believes Bale needs to be let go. Among the complaints includes his apparent lack of interest in learning Spanish - they are of the belief that any professional seriously interested in interacting with his local environment, and fellow players, would at least attempt to learn the prevalent lingua franca.
Here's Bale tearing apart United like it's children's day at McDonald's:
He would be the perfect right winger that United have been missing for a while now!
Gareth Bale would be the perfect cherry on top of the cake that Jose Mourinho is baking at Manchester United. With his directness, superb aerial ability, and undoubted ability to win matches on his lonesome, Bale would fit in seamlessly at United - add his proven track record in the English League with Spurs, and you have a decent punt.
The only reason we can say punt, and not call it a no-brainer, is his injury record with Madrid which has not helped him maintain the kind of form that he showed at Tottenham Hotspur - where at times he looked utterly unstoppable