Real Madrid want to include Gareth Bale in any potential deal for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
The Spanish giants are keen to sign the Frenchman this summer, however Zinedine Zidane’s side are reluctant to meet the 26-year-old’s reported £150m asking price having already spent a vast outlay on the likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic.
Zidane wants to add Pogba to his midfield options as he plots to rebuild his squad following a disappointing season in the Spanish capital, with Real hoping to include Bale as a makeweight in any potential deal.
The Welsh international has fallen out-of-favour at the Bernabeu and has been deemed surplus to requirements, with the La Liga side desperate to offload the 29-year-old this summer.
According to the Mail, Bale will be offered to United in part-exchange for Pogba, however the Old Trafford side are reluctant to accept a deal that includes the forward.
Bale has been a reported target for United in recent seasons, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to move away from the club’s policy of signing expensive, established stars and focus the club’s recruitment on emerging talent.
The former Tottenham star’s wages would also represent a significant stumbling block, with Bale reported to be on a deal worth a reported £600,000-a-week before tax.
Despite the risk of being frozen out by Zidane, Bale is said to be settled and wants to remain in Spain this summer. Bale signed for Real in a then world-record £85m deal in 2013 and has since won four Champions Leagues and one La Liga title.