Bale ‘open’ to Man Utd transfer this summer as deal deemed more likely

Gareth Bale is reportedly happy to join Manchester United this summer if a deal can be struck with Real Madrid.

Bale has two years left on his contract in the Spanish capital, and with neither the player or his agent looking to terminate the Wales star's contract, a loan deal is set to be the only way he could be allowed to leave this summer without Real paying off his contract.

The Times report that Bale would be happy to join United – who have long been linked with a move for him – on a temporary deal this summer, with United set to be liable for a portion of his wages if a deal can be agreed.

United have been determined to sign Jadon Sancho this summer, but their lack of progress on that deal has led to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer beginning to look elsewhere.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already brought in Donny van de Beek but Jadon Sancho remains Manchester United's number one target.

However, they have so far failed to agree a deal with Borussia Dortmund and are considering Gareth Bale as an alternative.

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It is accepted that any deal would be an unlikely one for United to pull off, but The Times claim that a possible move is now considered more likely as all sides soften their stance with the player keen to play football anywhere in the new season.

Zinedine Zidane has no inclination to play Bale in the coming season, and a loan switch to Old Trafford is sure to appeal.

Bale recently voiced his frustrations to Sky Sports, saying: "I tried to leave last year but they [Real Madrid] blocked everything at the last second.

"It was a project I was excited for last year but it didn't materialise. And there have been other instances but the club won't allow it or something, so it's up to the club.

"I want to play football. I'm still motivated to play football. I'm 31 but I'm in great shape still and I feel I've got a lot to give. We'll see what happens. It's in the club's hands and they make things very difficult to be honest."

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