Gareth Bale is open to joining Manchester United on loan this summer after setting his sights on a move back to the Premier League.
The Real Madrid outcast has been deemed surplus to requirements by Zinedine Zidane, who is desperate to finally cut ties with him before the transfer window closes next month.
Reports in Spain suggest Real are “praying” that United table an offer and are even prepared to pay half of his £600,000-a-week wages to make the move happen.
Fortunately for Los Blancos, Daily Star Sport understands the Red Devils will turn their attention to Bale if they fail to sign Jadon Sancho.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identified Sancho as a top transfer target this summer, but with Borussia Dortmund refusing to budge on their £108million asking price a deal is beginning to appear unlikely.
Should their pursuit of the England starlet prove unsuccessful, United will attempt to bring Bale back to the Premier League on a season-long loan deal.
And according to The Times, the former Tottenham man would be happy to join them as he is keen to seal a return to England.
He developed into one of the most fearsome attackers in world football at Spurs, producing a return of 26 goals in 44 appearances in his final season at White Hart Lane – which convinced Real to pay a then-world-record £89million for his services.
United have been linked with Bale on several occasions in the past, but he is believed to have rejected a move to Old Trafford twice during the respective reigns of Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.
The Welshman has struggled in his last two seasons at Madrid, registering just 17 goals in 62 appearances amid a number of injury setbacks.
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Zidane has only used him twice in the last seven months, all but confirming he is on his way out of the Bernabeu this summer.
Bale still has two years remaining on his current Real contract, meaning the Spanish club face paying him another £28million if they fail to find a buyer.