Gareth Bale will be sold in the summer should anyone be willing to meet Real Madrid’s €90million price tag, but Man Utd are out of the running, according to reports.
Wales international Bale has struggled with injuries over the last few years, starting only 17 La Liga games last term and just nine this season.
Diario Gol claim Real president Florentino Perez is ready to offload the 28-year-old, who is under contract at the Bernabeu until 2022.
But one club who will not be in for the former Tottenham man is Manchester United, according to Don Balon.
Bale has been heavily linked with United for some time, and last August the former Tottenham man was believed to be Jose Mourinho’s top summer target.
In fact, on the eve of the Super Cup game in Macedonia, Mourinho admitted he would make a move for Bale if he was not in the plans of Madrid.
“If he’s playing tomorrow then I wouldn’t think of that [signing Bale],” Mourinho said in August. “If he’s playing tomorrow it’s because he’s in the club’s plans. He has that ambition to continue in Madrid.
“I haven’t even thought about the possibility. If he’s not in the club plans – that what you are writing is true – with the arrival of another player, then we’ll try to wait for him on the other side and fight with other coaches.
“If he plays tomorrow it’s probably confirmation they’ll count on him next season.”
Bale though started the Skopje clash, which Real won 2-1, and afterwards Mourinho admitted defeat in his pursuit of the player.
“Clearly the club wants him, the manager wants him and for me he wants the club, so for me it’s game over. Even before it started, but clearly game over.
“I think everybody knows know he is going to stay,” Mourinho told BT Sport.
And that failed chase for Bale still irks the Portuguese boss, who feels Bale did not do enough to force a move to Old Trafford.
Mourinho is reported to be still angry with last summer’s events and a move for Bale now dead in the water, per the source. Mourinho since moved to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal and claimed forwards are now not in his summer transfer thinking.
“The objective is that now we have more number nines [in the side],’” said Mourinho after the win over Huddersfield on Saturday. “We have Alexis, we have [Romelu] Lukaku, we have [Anthony] Martial, we have [Marcus] Rashford.
“Rashford can play on the left and the right, Alexis is exactly the same. All of them apart from Lukaku can play also from behind, they can also play as the second striker.“
That’s why I say that it’s bad for you [the media] because you like to have things to write and things to speculate, especially in the summer – but I don’t want attacking players so don’t speak about attacking players that are coming here because nobody is coming here.”