According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United vice-chief executive Ed Woodward has long been obsessed with the prospect of signing Gareth Bale, and Jose Mourinho is seen as being able to revitalise the player.

The Reds will reportedly watch Bale closely in the Champions League final – should he feature – before making a definite decision on whether or not to move for the winger.

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A combination of issues regarding fitness and form mean Bale has fallen down the pecking order at Los Blancos, though his reputations in European football very much remains intact. His pace, strength and eye for goal make him a player United could do with, but our concern is Bale’s best days may well be beyond him.

Calciomercato claim he’d still command a big transfer fee of around €60 million. Bale would be a significant upgrade on what we already have if he could show the form he went to Madrid with a few years ago.

The Italian report also links Tottenham Hotspur with a move for their former player.

There is no guarantee he’ll even get on the pitch against Liverpool.