Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Manchester United would ‘fight’ to sign Gareth Bale, should he become available.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s UEFA Super Cup final against Real Madrid, Mourinho was asked if he was interested in signing the Welshman.
“If he’s playing tomorrow, well, no I wouldn’t think of that possibility of signing on (Bale),”
“If he is playing tomorrow, it is because he is in the coach’s plans and in the club’s plans and because he also has that ambition to continue in Real Madrid.
“So I haven’t even thought of the possibility of signing him on our team.
“If he’s not in the club’s plans, if what you are writing right now is true – I am not sure whether it is or not – that the arrival of another player (would) perhaps (mean) Gareth would be on his way out.
“If he is on his way out of Real Madrid, well, I’ll try to be waiting for him on the other side and try to fight with other coaches that would also like to have him on his team.
“But I think that if he plays tomorrow, it is probably the best confirmation that they’ll keep counting on him during the season.”
Real Madrid have been linked to the signing of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco. Should he arrive at the Bernabeu this summer, Zinedine Zidane could have to free up some funds, with one of his front three being one of the best sources of transfer income for Los Blancos. Of the attacking trio of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale is the most likely to be sold.
Manchester United have been linked with signing Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan, but talks about that deal have gone quiet during recent weeks. Maybe Mourinho is biding his time to see what happens elsewhere in the market to see if other players, such as Bale, become available before securing a move for the Croatians
What is sure, is that it is the biggest statement that United are interested in the former Spurs player yet. United played Real Madrid just two weeks ago in a preseason friendly, and Mourinho was caught on camera saying to Bale that he couldn’t make an offer if he didn’t speak to him, a conversation judged to be another ‘come to us’ plea.
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