Bale has been a long-time target for
United but is believed to have turned
down moves to Old Trafford twice before.
It had been thought, however, that Jose
Mourinho was prepared to end his
interest in the Wales star, due to the
imminent arrival of Alexis Sanchez from
But Don Balon claims that the 29-year-old
has told Real that he will be joining
Sanchez at Old Trafford, although
whether that will be in January or the
summer is unclear at this stage.
The former Tottenham attacker has
struggled for injuries over the past 12
months and has been rumoured to be
part of a dramatic shake-up of the
playing and coaching staff at The
Real president Florentino Perez is said to
be ready to wield the axe after a
disastrous La Liga title defence, with boss
Zinedine Zidane and some of the clubs
highest profile stars, including top man
Cristiano Ronaldo, set to be moved on.
The report goes on to state that Bale has
been in secret talks with United over the
last few weeks and that the player is even
prepared to take a pay cut to seal his
But ESPN pundit and former Liverpool
star, Steve Nicol, does not believe that
Bale will be a hit at Old Trafford.
He said: “No, I don’t see him as a
“Bale is a player that you’ve got to give a
lot of licence to to go and find the ball, to
go and get it and then do what you do,
which is score spectacular goals and use
pace and all those things.
“I just don’t see him fitting in at United.
“I think it would be a lot of money for a
guy who in the last 12 months has
probably been sat on his backside more
than he’s played on the field with injuries.
“So I just don’t see this happening, no.
This is a miss for me.”