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Saturday 21 April 2018

Inter Milan ready to swoop for out-of-favour Bale

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale pictured during a training session in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale pictured during a training session in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Miguel Delaney

Inter Milan will make a move for Gareth Bale in the summer, should Real Madrid finally decide to sell the Welsh star.

While Bale and his camp have been adamant they want to stay at the Bernabeu, it is known that the European champions want to reshape their attack this summer - ideally through the sensational purchase of Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain - and that will require significant sales.

While it is by no means certain that they want to sell Bale, especially since he has long been one of president Florentino Perez's favourites, but it is understood that his status in Madrid has changed.

He is no longer seen as "intransferible" - to use the Spanish phrase - and is instead considered one of the players who could fetch one of the highest prices to fund any summer plans.

If that is the case, though, it will likely involve a sale to a club outside the Premier League. Real had long believed they could go to Manchester United and offer them Bale for an easy deal, but the Old Trafford hierarchy are believed to now have "close to zero interest in Bale".

That is both down to his age and cost, and the fact they recently signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

Many other Premier League clubs are said to be similarly put off by the former, although some have indicated that could change if both his wages and Real's presumed asking price came down.

As it is, the only club interested at the current price are the newly wealthy Inter Milan, who have a long-standing interest in Bale ever since his name-making performances against them in the Champions League in 2010-11. (© Independent News Service)

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