Saturday 16 December 2017

Manchester United line up £90m Gareth Bale bid

Real Madrid's new coach Zinedine Zidane greets Real Madrid's Gareth Bale as he leaves the pitch on Saturday
Real Madrid's new coach Zinedine Zidane greets Real Madrid's Gareth Bale as he leaves the pitch on Saturday

Manchester United are willing to pay a world record transfer fee to land Gareth Bale, according to The Times.

The paper states that United could pay as much as £90m this summer to land the midfielder, who was unhappy with Real Madrid sacking former manager Rafa Benitez.

United have been linked with a move for Bale since last January and tried to sign the winger when he moved to Real in 2013, and he remains firmly in their sights.

Bale though claims his immediate future lies at the Bernabeu. He said on Saturday: "I don’t feel I need to make a statement to anyone.

"I had a very good relationship with Rafa [Benitez], obviously it was a big disappointment to see him go, but things like this happen in football, you’re professional and you get on with it and carry on.

"I'm happy at the moment. Obviously you can never predict what happens in the future, but I'm enjoying my football at the moment so I'll keep going."

Another United target, Lazio's Felipe Anderson, has also spoken publically about a possible move to Old Trafford this weekend.

The Brazilian midfielder has opened the door to a possible move by saying: "My future? I don’t know if I’ll stay in January.

"I’m focused on my work because I live in a good moment but I don’t know what will happen."

Elsewhere, United have made a £15m bid for Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez, according to Spanish Radio station Cope.

The 21-year-old midfielder has scored seven goals in all competitions this season, and has also attracted interest from Arsenal.

Meanwhile, the Mirror claims that Manchester United are hoping to clinch a £12m deal for Yoshinori Muto.

The Mainz striker, who has been dubbed the 'Japanese Messi' has been scouted on several occasions by United this term and the club are hopeful that £12m will be enough to convince the German club to sell.

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