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Manchester United will launch a sensational swoop for Gareth Bale – if they fail to land top target Jadon Sancho.
According to sources close to the club, the Old Trafford hierarchy are preparing to turn to the Real Madrid outcast as their long-running hunt for England ace Sancho continues to hit problems.
United are still refusing to pay £108million for the Borussia Dortmund winger, 20, and the German club are refusing to drop their asking price.
And with less than a month before the transfer window shuts, frustrated United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is poised to switch his sights on a move for Bale instead.
The Wales winger, 31, has barely kicked a ball for Real Madrid this year – and that unhappy situation is not about to change going into the new La Liga season.
United inquired this time last year about Bale but were put off by the former Tottenham star’s £600,000-a-week wages.
But that picture has altered significantly in the last week with the Spanish giants prepared to pay half of that salary – in a desperate effort to get rid of him.
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All of which has revived United’s interest. They would prefer to take Bale on loan – rather than buy him outright for £22m – as long as Real share the cost of his massive pay packet.
While on Wales duty this month, the four-time Champions League winner insisted he wants to continue his career elsewhere but that it was down to the La Liga champions to make it possible.
Now, unless there is a sudden shift in the Sancho stalemate before the October 5 deadline, that looks likely to be at United – with Solskjaer convinced a fully-fit, firing Bale can make them realistic title contenders.
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