Manchester United are considering a move to sign Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale in the summer transfer window. The 26-year-old moved to the Spanish capital club from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 and has already won two Champions League tournaments with them in three years.
The Wales international is currently on international duty preparing for the upcoming Euro 2016 in France. He was wanted by United before he joined Real and have been targeted by the Red Devils in the previous transfer windows, only for them to come back empty-handed.
According to Spanish publication El Confidencial, Old Trafford officials remain convinced the deal could take shape this summer as the player wants to return to the Premier League. Jose Mourinho has set his sights on strengthening his side's squad for the 2016/17 season and wants United to make an approach for Bale.
Real president Florentino Perez feels the ex-Tottenham star is untouchable and believes he will be Cristiano Ronaldo's successor at Santiago Bernabeu. However, the forward is looking for an exit from the Spanish capital club and return to England. His contract with his current employers runs out in 2019.
The 10-time European champions paid a world record fee of £85.2m ($123.6m) to Tottenham in securing his services. United are reported to be preparing a world record bid of €120m (£94.3m, $136.8m) in bringing him to Old Trafford.
Since joining the La Liga giants, Bale has won two Champions League tournaments and both the successes came after defeating Atletico Madrid in the final. He was also part of the Real squad that won the Cope del Rey, Uefa Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup.
United finished fifth in the 2015/16 season and will not play in the Champions League next term. Lack of opportunities of playing in Europe's elite club competition next term could potentially block Bale's move to Old Trafford.