Manchester United are prepared to break the bank to land Gareth Bale according to reports in Spain.
The Welshman is on the lips of pretty much every football fan in Europe after his two goal heroics in the Champions League final at weekend, where he scored a sensational overhead kick to help Real Madrid lift their fourth European Cup in the last five years.
However no sooner had Los Blancos lifted the most famous trophy in European football for the 13th time in their history, Bale cast doubt on his future at the Bernabeu, insisting he needs to play ‘week in, week out’ – something which hasn’t happened for some time in the Spanish capital.
He has been linked with a number of clubs in the Premier League, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs being most heavily mentioned, as well as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
We reported earlier this week that Bale has told his teammates that he wants to move to Manchester United, and now according to reports in Spanish publication AS, the Red Devils are prepared to break the bank in order to land the former Southampton and Spurs man.
Despite all the reports for the last few months suggesting that Bale would be allowed to leave Madrid for a fee similar to the £86 million that Real paid for him back in 2013, the report in AS claims that United will offer a staggering £121 million (€140m) to land the 28-year-old.
It is also claimed that United are willing to give Bale a princely wage packet, and will offer him a net salary of £26.2 million, three times the amount that he earns in Spain.
While United have shown that they are willing to flex their financial muscles to land the best players, it would mean that United would be paying £500,000-a-week after tax.
However, whether the numbers are correct or not, it seems like Manchester United are determined to win this particular race.