Could Bayern Munich scupper Man United's bid to land Real Madrid superstar?
Bayern Munich are the latest club to be linked to Gareth Bale, with the long-term Manchester United target still the centre of frenzied transfer speculation.
The Welsh international is preparing for the Champions League semi-final first-leg against Juventus tonight, and despite Madrid Florentino Perez, as well as the player himself, insisting that he will be at the club next season, rumours persist that the club will entertain offers for the world's most expensive player.
He has been booed by a certain section of home supporters and after Christmas went nine successive games without scoring, but suggestions of a demise may be somewhat premature. Bale has scored 13 league goals in 28 starts this season, and took just three minutes make an impact on his return from a fortnight’s absence with an injured calf against Sevilla last Saturday by setting up Cristiano Ronaldo.
A return to the Premier League has long been suggested, with United leading the way for his signature.
However The Daily Mail suggests that Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich are not weighing up whether to make a bid for the blistering winger this summer.
The paper suggests that the Bundesliga champions are starting to look more at the commercial benefits that also accompany a player of Bale’s mercurial talent, which have expanded during his time at Madrid.
Bale joined Madrid for a fee of €94m from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013.