Manchester United are putting together an attractive financial package to try and lure Gareth Bale to Old Trafford, and have reportedly tabled a bid for the player.
Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho shares Ed Woodward's vision of signing the Welshman and, as reported by El Confidencial, has lodged a bid. The report claimed United are prepared to pay the Welshman an eye-watering €35m-a-year.
It would appear Mourinho means business this summer as he seeks to close the gap between his side and Manchester City. There are around seven first team stars he wishes to sell, with Fred, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Toby Alderweireld and Diogo Dalot the rumoured incomings.
Real Madrid superstar Bale would certainly be the marquee signing though, and his exploits in the Champions League final against Liverpool will mean he won't come cheap. Apparently Florentino Perez now wants at least €150m for the winger. Whether United's bid is anywhere near that is currently unclear.
The Sun however report that Mourinho does not want to see United overspend in their pursuit of the Cardiff-born star, with the boss said to have instructed the club to not blow as much as £200m on the transfer fee.
There's a decent chance of the 28-year-old actually leaving the Bernabeu this summer, after he confirmed in an interview straight after the final that he needs to be playing regularly, and that he has been fit for most of this season for Zinedine Zidane to choose him.
United have been linked with a move for Bale for years, but could finally get their man this time with Anthony Martial reportedly unhappy at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman supposedly turned down the offer of a new deal over his lack of game time recently, and could fetch a nice sum in the transfer market to help fund any move for Bale.