Bale for sale?

> Mour­inho holds se­cret meet­ing with star’s agent over move

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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

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