Bale ‘has transfer interest from Man Utd’ as Real Madrid confirm bid was made

Manchester United are reportedly keen on signing Real Madrid's Gareth Bale.

The Welshman recently admitted he is looking for a way out at the Bernabeu, adding that Real are making it "very difficult" for him to leave.

The Red Devils have previously been linked with the 31-year-old, and now Marca claims they have rekindled their interest.

The paper reports that Bale is set for showdown talks with Real boss Zinedine Zidane to discuss his future, but that ultimately the La Liga giants hope United will come up with the cash to put the saga to bed once and for all.

Tottenham are also said to be keen on signing Bale, with Jose Mourinho a big fan of the Wales international. But unlike United, Spurs haven't got the cash to complete a deal.

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Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon recently claimed that last summer the club received a £89million bid for Bale from an unnamed Premier League side.

The bid was rejected as Real still believed Bale had a part to play.

But last season proved he has no real place in Zidane's squad, with the Frenchman actively freezing out the Wales international.

Calderon told talkSPORT: "I know in the last day of the transfer window last year there was an offer from the Premier League.

"They offered €100m [£89m] and Real Madrid turned down that offer because they thought Bale would be a player in their side.

"I'm not allowed to say the name, though I do know the name of the club. I think at the end there was a disagreement as Madrid decided not to sell the player, because they thought he was a player who could be used and be in the starting line-up."

Calderon added: "I think the player neither wants to leave nor to reduce his salary. It is true his salary is very high, but in 2016 the club decided to increase his salary.

"It is difficult for any club to pay that salary, especially knowing the situation of football nowadays."

Bale appeared to reference the same transfer bid in an interview with Sky Sports, in which he confirmed Real Madrid had prevented him from leaving.

"I tried to leave last year but they [Real Madrid] blocked everything at the last second," said the former Tottenham man.

"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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