Gareth Bale would have to play on the right if he joined Man United this summer

According to reports by Spanish media outlet El Bernabeu, Manchester United are in pole position to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale this summer, and he could be a replacement for Anthony Martial.

What’s the word, then?

Gareth Bale scores for Real Madrid

Well, El Bernabeu says that Bale, rated at £63m by Transfermarkt, is likely to leave the La Liga giants this summer and his destination will be Manchester.

El Bernabeu says that the Wales international’s preference is to link up with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, and he dreams of inheriting the number 11 shirt that fellow Welshman Ryan Giggs wore for more than 20 years.

The report adds that Bale could be a replacement for Anthony Martial, whom they are willing to sell at the end of the season even though their fans on Twitter are desperate for him to stay, although Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool could be potential other destinations for the 28-year-old.

How has Bale done this season?

It has been another injury-hit campaign for the Wales international, but he has still made 33 appearances in all competitions under Zinedine Zidane, scoring 14 goals and providing a further eight assists.

According to WhoScored.com, the 28-year-old has made 47 key passes in 27 outings in La Liga and the Champions League this term, while he has successfully completed 29 of the 47 dribbles he has attempted, as well as winning 32 aerial duels.

Would he be a good signing for United?

It’s difficult to say and depends where Mourinho intends to play him.

The left wing and centre-forward positions are seemingly unavailable as they are filled by Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, which means that the Welshman would likely play on the right of a front three if he did move to Old Trafford during the summer.

His injury issues over the course of the past few seasons would certainly be a concern, but Bale continues to show the qualities that he has when he is on the pitch, and if he can be picked up for a reasonable fee then there is no reason why he couldn’t make a huge impact under Jose Mourinho.