Man United handed boost as Euro giants planning to sell speedy winger

Real Madrid are becoming more open to the idea of letting Gareth Bale next summer, according to stories in Spain. The 28-year-old was chased by Manchester United during the summer, with Jose Mourinho publicly saying that he would make a move for the striker if he became available.

And El Confidential now suggests that Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez, would consider offers for Bale if the club were able to recoup the €100 million (£85.2m) which was spent on signing the Wales international four seasons ago. The story also suggests that ‘patience starts to be threatened’ between Madrid’s hierarchy about Bale’s recurring damages and the striker ‘has been losing importance in the team’.

A calf difficulty prevented Bale to just 17 starts in La Liga last campaign with another two appearances as a substitute. The striker has also missed the current international break due to a calf damage and was forced to watch from the stands as Wales missed out on a World Cup qualifying play-off spot after a 1-0 loss to the Republic of Ireland on Monday night. Last month, Perez gave United further hope in their race for Bale by admitting that every Madrid player is ‘transferable’.