Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to be handed £100m to sign Gareth Bale
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been given the green signal to place a bid for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, given the Welsh winger expresses any desire to leave the Spanish club.
As per a report in the Telegraph, with United’s boosted revenue with their new £75 million-a-year kit deal with Adidas starting next August, the club will be in a position to make the funds available for a possible transfer of the former Tottenham Hotspur winger.
"With United standing to bank almost £100 million in extra earnings next season due to an anticipated return to the Champions League and the start of their world-record £750 million kit deal with Adidas, Van Gaal has been told that money will be made available to pursue Bale at any stage of the transfer window if he becomes available," writes Telegraph's Mark Ogden.
Adidas will replace Nike as United's official kit supplier next season after their £28 million-worth contract with Nike expires at the end of this season, and the large chunk of money coming in can be used as a catalyst by the Dutch manager to bring in the best British player on paper right now.
Prior to his £85-million move to Real Madrid, Manchester United had expressed their interest in Bale back in August 2013. However, the 25-year-old was adamant about joining the Madrid-based club, thus completing his move and becoming the most expensive player of all time.
Having helped Real Madrid clinched their 10th Champions League title, Bale grew into a real crowd favourite at the Bernabeu. Although that hasn’t been the case this season as he has been criticised and booed by the fans for his dull performances on the pitch.
Odgen also reveals that Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels continues to be United's top target with PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay and Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne also in van Gaal's transfer shortlist.