Bale for sale?
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ANCHESTER UNITED home to Eibar on Sunday, where Bale scored his 50th league goal for Los Merengues, via Sky Sports La Liga
United have frequently featured as the most fervently linked Premier League club when it comes to bringing Bale back to the league, with the Wales winger now enjoying his fourth campaign in Spain’s capital.
By and large, the stereotype is that British players struggle to thrive in Europe’s more exotic divisions, but Bale has gone about proving that theory as wide of the mark.
Real will most likely look to retain Bale’s services for as long as possible given his success thus far at the Santiago Bernabeu, but rumours of a return closer to home have been incessant since his 2013 move from Tottenham Hotspur.
Diario Gol also added Bale will be seeking an annual salary of £17.4 million (RM92.08m), equal to around £335,000 (RM1.77m) per week, and United might be one of the few clubs able to meet such high demands. However, it must be borne in mind that Barcelona-based Diario Gol has a reputation for not being entirely reliable and for making mischief when it comes to Real Madrid.
Elsewhere, Benfica leftback Grimaldo is said to be attracting United’s interest, and the Red Devils were reportedly in attendance as the defender scored in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Feirense.
That’s according to Oliver Todd of MailOnline, who added Grimaldo has a £51 m (RM269.88m) buy-out clause, and Metro’s Primeira Liga expert Jan Hagen recently stated his major impression of the Spaniard.
Todd added Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has also been to watch the former Barcelona academy member, with whom he is already familiar after their time at the Camp Nou.
Mourinho already has a fine leftback at his disposal in the shape of England international Luke Shaw, but Grimaldo, 21, could provide a promising deputy’s presence at Old Trafford. – Agencies