Real Madrid are “praying” that Manchester United will take Gareth Bale off their hands this summer.
Los Blancos are determined to offload Bale before next month’s transfer deadline, with boss Zinedine Zidane clearly not a fan of the Welshman.
He has only ben used twice in the last seven months by Zidane at the Bernabeu, all but signalling the end of his Madrid career.
Bale’s hefty £14million-a-year wages are proving a major obstacle in Real’s attempt to shift him on, nonetheless, as reports suggest no club is prepared to match them.
And according to Sport, the Spanish giants are hoping United will give up on a move for Jadon Sancho and instead turn their attention to Bale.
The Red Devils have been doing everything in their power to prise Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund this summer, but the German club are refusing to budge on their £108million asking price.
It is believed they are still locked in talks over a potential deal for the England international, who registered 20 goals and as many assists for Dortmund last term.
Yet fortunately for Real, Daily Star Sport understands United will swoop for Bale should a deal for Sancho fail to materialise.
Zidane and co are desperate for the 31-year-old to leave this summer, so much so that they are even prepared to pay half of his wages in order to get him out of the door.
United would prefer to sign Bale on loan rather than outright for £22million, which would suit Real perfectly.
And the former Tottenham man recently admitted he would be open to the idea of returning to England.
“If [offers from Premier League clubs] arise, it is something I'd look at for sure,” Bale told Sky Sports News.
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“Time will tell but mainly I think the reason is that the decision is in Real Madrid's hands. I tried to leave last year but they blocked everything at the last second.
“It was a project I was excited for but it didn't materialise. There have been other instances where we have tried to go but the club won't allow it or they've done something. It's down to the club.”
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