By 90Min
June 09, 2019

Gareth Bale has been linked once again with a move to Manchester United this summer, as tabloid reports claim they are set to launch a bid to land the Welshman on loan.

In the face of all logic and reason, the 29-year-old has been consistently linked with a return to the Premier League for as long as memory serves, with United being the main culprits.

Last summer, having just finished second in the Premier League, they were believed to be 'set' to launch a bid in the region of £100m to secure Bale, who had just scored a mind-bending overhead kick to win Real Madrid the Champions League for a third successive year. 

Now, however, the speculation has been adjusted to suit the current situation of both parties. With United and Tottenham now unwilling to meet Real's lowered asking price of £75m, the Sun sagely report that the Old Trafford side will 'launch a bid' to bring him in on a season-long loan, with the option of a second year thrown in. 

They sell it as reasonable on the basis that it could save Real £50m on wages over the course of the next two seasons, with United willing to pay a 'massive' - but unspecified - loan fee to get it over the line. 

Although his stock has been reduced drastically after a poor season which finished trophy-less for Los Blancos, it seems likely they will want to recoup at least some of the £90m they spent on him in 2013, and a loan spell away - at the end of which he will be 31 - runs the risk of killing those aspirations in the water.

Meanwhile, the Sun also 'exclusively reveal' that Real officials met with the United hierarchy while they were in London to finalise Eden Hazard's deal over the weekend, with Paul Pogba the topic of conversation.

You know the drill on that one by now. £150m deal, United won't budge, Real will consider it, part of their 'summer transfer revolution', etc etc. 

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