Manchester United will reportedly reignite their interest in signing Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale once they have finalised the departure of Angel Di Maria.
Argentine winger Di Maria has arrival in Doha today to undergo a medical ahead of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, after a fee of £44m was agreed between the clubs, according to Sky Sports.
The Daily Express claims that losing United’s club-record buy will increase Louis van Gaal’s desire to make a marquee signing this summer, and that he has not given up on landing Bale.
He enjoyed a successful first season at the Bernabeu, scoring in Real’s Champions League final triumph, but he was made a scapegoat for their struggles last term and was tipped to return to England by the Metro.
New Real manager Rafael Benitez is keen to build his side around Bale, as the Daily Mail reports, but The Express believes that United are willing to smash the transfer world record to lure him to Old Trafford.
The Express adds that Adidas are sponsoring United to the tune of £750 million over the next decade and are pushing for the 26-year-old – one of the kit suppliers’ top clients – to join the Red Devils.
Van Gaal admitted this week in the Daily Mail that he is in need of “speed and creativity” in attack to make his side title challengers in the next couple of seasons. Bale has both of those in abundance, and is a big-game player, as this memorable goal in Real’s 2014 Copa del Rey final triumph over Barcelona proves.
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It is reported by The Express that Bale’s possible arrival would be in addition to, and not instead of, the signing of Barcelona forward Pedro, who too fits the credentials outlined by Van Gaal.
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, United chief executive Ed Woodward is flying out to Spain for a Tuesday meeting, at which he hopes to agree terms for the £22m transfer of the World Cup winner.