Man United, Tottenham to battle for Bale

According to Mundo Deportivo, Gareth Bale will leave Real Madrid for the Premier League at the end of the season, with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur both in the hunt.

What’s the story?

Bale is currently in his fifth season with Real Madrid, and the Welshman has scored 76 times in 172 appearances for the Spanish giants in all competitions.

The attacker has won one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey and three Champions League titles during his time at the Bernabeu, but has consistently been linked with a return to England.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are set for a major squad overhaul at the end of the season, and Bale will be one of the players to leave the Spanish capital.

The report claims that the Premier League is Bale’s destination, and Man United and Tottenham are currently battling to secure the services of the 28-year-old.

That said, Chelsea have also previously been linked with the attacker, who netted 55 times in just over 200 appearances for Tottenham before switching to Spain in the summer of 2013.

Why would Real Madrid sell?

On the face of it, Bale’s numbers are quite impressive this season. Indeed, he has scored nine times and registered six assists in 22 appearances in all competitions.

The Wales international was dropped to the bench for last week’s Champions League last-16 first leg with Paris Saint-Germain, however, and has actually only made three European appearances for the Spanish champions this season.

Bale started up front with Cristiano Ronaldo in Sunday’s La Liga clash with Real Betis, but the attacker struggled to make his mark, and the speculation surrounding his future gathered pace once again after the match.

Bale, who is valued at £67.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is aware that a number of Premier League clubs want to bring him back to England, and it remains to be seen whether he fancies an emotional return to Tottenham, or a move to Man United to work under Jose Mourinho.

It does appear that the 28-year-old’s time in Spain is coming to an end, and whichever English club manages to sign him could well be installed as favourites for the Premier League title next season.