Gareth Bale to Manchester United is a rumour that just refuses to go away.
It’s been escalating basically since the Welshman moved to Real Madrid from Tottenham three years ago, with persistent reports suggesting he could be unsettled in the Spanish capital.
The attacker certainly doesn’t look unsettled, scoring three goals in six league games already this season, but it could be a question of how much United are willing to offer Los Blancos.
Unsurprisingly, Real don’t want to sell. They’re not exactly in need of the money, and to deter potential suitors, they are now set to offer Bale a new deal tying him to the Bernabeu until 2022.
President Florentino Perez is splashing the cash freely right now, recently making Toni Kroos the highest-paid German footballer in the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo is also going to have his salary upped to £385,000 a week, as reported by the Sun, but it’s Bale’s deal that has the most eye-watering feature.
Real are clearly aware of United’s interest, and if you believe Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Bale’s deal will include a release clause worth 500million euros.
As he’s already 27 years old, that should keep Bale at Madrid for the best years of his career, so as long as he puts pen to paper, it’s about time United gave up.