Former Tottenham forward Gareth Bale could be set to reject a new contract at Real Madrid in favour of a move back to the Premier League with either Manchester United or Manchester City, according to reports.
Bale has enjoyed his best season yet in La Liga, playing well under both Rafa Benitez and Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu as he becomes a more fully integrated part of the setup in Madrid – with far fewer rumours of training ground spats and conflicting personalities of late.
Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb report that the Spanish giants are in the process of attempting to tie the Welshman down to a new deal at the club until 2021, but that he and his agent are resisting the deal in favour of a switch back to England with one of the battling Manchester clubs.
Real are not expected to be keen on selling the 26-year-old, who many at the club see as the natural successor to Cristiano Ronaldo when the Portuguese legend finally leaves the Bernabeu. However, both United and City are expected to be spending big money in the summer, and the sums on offer could sway the deal.
It’s also possible that both clubs have new men in charge come the end of the season. Pep Guardiola’s move to the Etihad has long been confirmed already, with United rumoured to be close to ditching Louis van Gaal in favour of Jose Mourinho in the summer.
It’s not the first time that Bale has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with strong hints in the past that the Red Devils would be his preferred choice if and when he returns to these shores.