According to Duncan Castles of the Times, Manchester United are willing to meet Real Madrid’s valuation for Gareth Bale.

The Champions League winners are demanding in excess of £85 million for the Welsh star, but Jose Mourinho still wants Bale on the right-hand side of an attacking trio, already consisting of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

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That should terrify defenders unless Mourinho’s conservatism takes over.

Should the move go ahead, Bale will find himself among the highest earners at Old Trafford.

The Reds have pursued the 28-year-old on several occasions down the years, but a move has never looked this likely.

However, it remains entirely possible that the new Real Madrid, whoever that might be, will be able to convince Bale to stay put, and Florentino Perez will also have a big say on that.

Bale came off the bench to score a winning-brace in his side’s 3-1 Champions League win over Liverpool last weekend, but he’s made it clear that he wants more game time next season.

The departure of Zinedine Zidane could see Bale granted regular game time, although a sizeable United offering could yet see him return to the Premier League.