Manchester United still interested in making world record bid for Gareth Bale

Manchester United are still interested in attempting to bring Gareth Bale to Old Trafford this summer, and are reportedly being encouraged by their sponsors to make a deal happen, according to the Daily Express.

The Express suggest that with Angel Di Maria’s move to Paris Saint-Germain imminent, Louis van Gaal is desperate to secure a marquee name as he looks to end the Red Devils’ two year wait for a trophy.

And while they remain keen on bringing Pedro to the club (via Express), they are hopeful of pulling off a stunning deal for the Welshman.

However, the Express suggest that Real Madrid will want at least £86m for the 26-year-old, which is what they spent in 2013 to make him the world’s most expensive player, meaning that the Premier League side will probably have to make an offer that breaks his own record.

They are being encouraged into a deal however, by their new kit manufacturers Adidas, according to the Express, who seem convinced that pairing their star man with the Old Trafford outfit is the perfect way to see the maximum return on their deal with the club, that sees the suppliers pay United £750m over ten years.

Bale was arguably a victim of his own success during his second season in the Spanish capital. Having shone during his first campaign – and scoring in both the Copa Del Rey and Champions League finals – he seemed to become a scapegoat for a term that ended without a trophy and with Carlo Ancelotti parting ways with the club, despite previously guiding them to La Decima.

Nevertheless, he still managed 13 goals and nine assists in La Liga, which is incredibly impressive for a supposedly poor campaign.

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