Man Utd Almost Pulled-Off Late Swoop After Agreeing £90m Deal
Manchester United agreed a stunning late £90m deal with Real Madrid to sign Gareth Bale but the attacker turned down the chance to move to Old Trafford
The transfer window is now closed but clubs are already thinking ahead to January and next summer so we’ll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe. Today, the latest on Man Utd’s interest in Gareth Bale…
Manchester United agreed a stunning late £90m deal with Real Madrid to sign Gareth Bale but the attacker turned down the chance to move to Old Trafford, according to a report in the Mirror.
Bale’s future at the Bernabeu was called in to question during the summer with speculation suggesting Madrid were prepared to sell the attacker due to on-going concerns over his fitness.
The Welsh international endured a frustrating campaign last season as injury restricted him to making just 26 starts and Bale was benched for Madrid’s Champions League final win over Juventus back in May.
The rise of Marco Asensio and Isco has put Bale’s starting position under huge pressure so there were rumours that Jose Mourinho was eyeing a shock swoop for the former Tottenham star this summer.
Mourinho hinted last month that he would be interested in buying Bale if Zinedine Zidane made it clear he wasn’t part of his plans but he later described the pursuit as ‘game over’ after the 28-year-old started for Madrid during their Super Cup win over United.
However, it seems the ‘Special One’ still tried to pull-off a sensational coup as the Mirror cite a report from Don Balon that claims Mourinho convinced the United board to launch a £90m bid for Bale during the closing stages of the summer window.
Interestingly, the report suggests that Madrid boss Zidane and president Florentino Perez agreed to the deal but Bale rejected the move after making it clear he had no interest in negotiating terms with United.
The knock-back would have come as a huge blow to United as Bale would have been an excellent signing had the Manchester giants been able to pull off this proposed £90m deal.
Despite his recent injury woes, Bale is still one of the best attackers in the world and his 68 goals and 53 assists have helped Madrid win three Champions League’s and a La Liga title since he joined the club four years ago.
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However, now that United know Madrid are willing to cash-in on the Welshman, I’m sure Mourinho will be tempted to have another go at luring Bale back to England at some point in the near future.
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