Sunday 20 January 2019

Jose Mourinho edging closer to convincing Gareth Bale to swap Madrid for Manchester

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (left) impressed in front of a watching Jose Mourinho (right)
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (left) impressed in front of a watching Jose Mourinho (right)

Max Ryan

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale could be on his way to Manchester United in the summer, according to reports in Spain.

Spanish newspaper Sport claims that Jose Mourinho has been trying to persuade the former Tottenham Hotspur star to join him at United since before the European Super Cup in August, and has made significant headway in convincing him.

The Welsh winger has struggled for game-time this season and reportedly now sees Old Trafford as his best option of escape.

Bale left Spurs for the Spanish capital in the summer of 2013 for €100 million but his time in La Liga has been spoiled by injury and he has now grown disillusioned with life under manager Zinedine Zidane.

Madrid have played without wingers in many of their biggest games this season, with Bale having to make do with a place on the bench for both legs of their recent Champions League last 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain.

Mourinho has reportedly been on the lookout for a another winger and Bale could prove to be the man to fill that void.

Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial have all had outings on the right hand side of United’s 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 formations this season but none have managed to establish themselves in that position.

Mata has been the preferred choice in recent matches but the arrival of a player of Bale’s pedigree in that role would surely sooth what has become one of Mourinho’s biggest selection headaches this season.

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