In Focus: Man United confident of Bale capture

According to Diario Gol, Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale has agreed to join Manchester United this summer, should the Red Devils secure a spot in the 2017-18 Champions League.

What’s the story?

Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal has left Man United fifth in the Premier League table – four points behind fourth-place Manchester City with just three games of the season left to play.

Jose Mourinho’s side face trips to Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton over the next couple of weeks, and it does appear increasingly unlikely that the Portuguese will be able to lead Man United to a top-four position in his first season at the helm.

The 20-time English champions are just one game away from reaching the final of the Europa League, however, and success in that particular competition would bring an automatic spot in the group stage of the 2017-18 Champions League.

It is expected to be a busy summer of recruitment as Mourinho attempts to put together a team capable of challenging for major honours once again, and according to Diario Gol, Bale could arrive at Old Trafford in this summer’s transfer window if Man United win the Europa League.

Why would Real Madrid part with the Welshman?

Bale joined Real Madrid in a world-record move from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013, and the 27-year-old has scored 67 times in 149 appearances for the Spanish giants, landing two Champions League titles in the process.

The attacker has only managed nine goals this season after struggling with a number of injury problems, however, and it has widely been claimed that Bale is frustrated with his inability to displace Cristiano Ronaldo as the number one attacker at the Bernabeu.

Bale’s relationship with Ronaldo remains strained, and according to Diario Gol, Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane would be prepared to sell the Wales international this summer if Man United smashed the world transfer record once again.

Bale rejected Man United when he decided to leave Tottenham in 2013, but rumours linking the former Southampton youngster with a move to Old Trafford have refused to go away, and it does appear that Real Madrid could be ready to sell the former left-back this summer.

Man United are currently in the market for at least two attackers, and securing the signature of Bale ahead of the 2017-18 campaign would send a huge message to the rest of Europe.