Gareth Bale is back on Manchester United’s radar because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly thinks the Real Madrid star can propel his side to Premier League title glory. The Red Devils have spent most of the transfer window pursuing a deal for Jadon Sancho. But with that pursuit failing to pay off, they now seem set to change tact.
Manchester United have already signed one player in Donny van de Beek, who moved from Ajax in a £40million deal earlier in the month.
But Solskjaer knows more is required if they’re to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2013.
United have spent most of the transfer window chasing a deal for Sancho, only to find Borussia Dortmund firm in negotiations.
The Bundesliga giants are unwilling to cash in on the 20-year-old for anything less than £108m, a fee that would make him the costliest player in Premier League history.
And, as a result, Bale is now back on United’s radar.
Real Madrid are keen to offload the Wales international, despite him propelling the club to four Champions League titles during his time at the Bernabeu.
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“There have been other instances where we have tried to go but the club won’t allow it or they’ve done something. It’s down to the club.”
Bale is hungry, too.
“I want to play football, I am still motivated to play football, so I guess it’s on the club,” he said.
“They are in control of everything. I have a contract, all I can do is carry on what I am doing and hopefully something comes up.
“I am only 31 still but I feel I am in great shape still and feel like I have a lot to give.
“We will see what happens. It’s in the club’s hands but they make things very difficult to be honest.”
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United legend Patrice Evra revealed earlier this year that Ferguson was hopeful of signing both Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo prior to his retirement.
“You know, you talk about the hardest moments [in my United career], I would say maybe this is the one,” Evra told the UTD podcast.
“Two weeks before that, I remember there was a lot of media saying Ferguson will maybe retire next year, and he said, ‘Patrice, I will never retire. I will be here another 10 years’.
“He then said: ‘My target is I’m 99 per cent sure we will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I just need these two players to win the Champions League again. Ninety-nine per cent.’
“And to be fair, when I speak with Cristiano, I ask him and he said yes to the boss, and was coming to join United. He told me this.”
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