Ever since his world-record move to Real Madrid in summer 2013, the idea of Gareth Bale returning to the Premier League has cropped up during practically every transfer window.
But actually discussing ambitions to sign the 66-cap international is something else altogether, far more than simply the kind of speculation that always seems to surround the Welshman.
Indeed, Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to acquire the former Tottenham man’s services should it become clear that Manchester United’s opponents in the European Super Cup are prepared to cash-in on him.
As quoted by BBC Sport, he said…
“If he plays, it is the clearest signal that he is staying there. He is in the plans of the coach and the club, and it is in his own plans and ambitions to stay there. Then I won’t even think about it. If he is not in the club’s plans and it is true that a player like Bale is at the departure gate, I will try to be there waiting for him at the other side.”
In the current transfer market, however, how much Bale would actually cost the Red Devils remains to be seen. It would have seemed implausible a few years ago that another club could end up paying even more than Real Madrid did, but we’re now in a world where just one player can cost almost £200million.
So, bearing in mind the incredible fees being forked out this summer, what is the most you’d pay for Bale, United fans? Let us know by voting below…