According to reports, Gareth Bale has told Bayern Munich not to waste their time pursuing him this summer as he will only consider a return to the Premier League if he quits Real Madrid.
The Mirror claim Bayern registered their interest with the 28-year-old’s agent as they aim to find long-term replacements for the ageing duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
But the Bundesliga champions were soon told that Bale is not interested in a move to Germany, which hands a significant boost to Manchester United as they continue to mull over a potential club-record bid.
Bale’s time at the Bernabeu looked over after he fell out of the first-team frame under Zinedine Zidane, but the Frenchman’s shock departure has served to offer him a potential route back into the starting XI.
Talks over his future at the club remains on ice until Zidane’s successor is appointed, but president Florentino Perez may have to wait until after the World Cup to get a full picture of who is available.
Manchester United have a long-term interest in the £100million-rated Welshman and will not need much encouragement to launch a bid to bring him back to English football to play alongside Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.
Jose Mourinho has been outspoken in his belief that the club will find it very difficult to compete with their local rivals City for the Premier League title if they do not match their investment in the transfer market.
Manchester United finished 19 points behind City last season and Pep Guardiola’s men currently look set for a long dynasty at the top of English football. Finishing second, United are the best-placed team to challenge them next term and would be significantly strengthened by Bale.
The Welshman would also bring the added star quality that Ed Woodward needs to keep the commercial revenue coming in. Chilean forward Sanchez, arriving from Arsenal in January, did just that but it soon became clear that he won’t be able to close that huge gap by himself.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL