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Real Madrid ‘open to negotiating’ Gareth Bale transfer to Manchester United

The Welshman has struggled with injuries this season and the club are looking to sign Eden Hazard instead as a result

Real Madrid are reportedly happy to open negotiations with Manchester United over Gareth Bale’s transfer this summer.

Los Blancos are ready to offload the former most expensive player in the world in a bid to free up funds and attacking spaces to sign Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe instead.

That’s according to the Independent, who believes Bale could be the high-profile player sacrificed to allow the double pursuit to gather momentum.

Bale looks likely to miss out on the starting XI after recently returning from injury

Bale’s pesky injuries have derailed his Real Madrid career

Bale has struggled with injury problems all season, making just 24 starts in all competitions and only just recovering in time for the Champions League final in his home town of Cardiff on Saturday night.

Despite his return he is far from guaranteed a starting place against Juventus, with the incredible recent form of Isco likely to see him named among the substitutes.

Isco has shone when given the chance under Zinedine Zidane this season

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Isco has benefited from Bale’s problems

It is understood United have turned their attentions to the Welshman after being knocked back by Atletico Madrid and Antoine Griezmann this week.

Griezmann, United’s number one target, has all-but agreed a new deal to stay in Madrid despite their transfer fan being upheld that will hinder much of their summer acquisition plans

The Red Devils’ interest in Bale dates back to 2013 when he first moved to Madrid for £86m and they are keen to make another ‘marquee signing’ this summer after bringing in Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic 12 months ago.

Hazard, similarly, is a long-term target for Real while Mbappe’s incredible breakthrough year for Monaco has also caught the eye of club president Florentino Perez.

Hazard could be Bale’s replacement in Madrid

Hazard could be Bale’s replacement in Madrid

If both were to arrive this summer, it is hard to see Bale’s future at the club improving given his struggles with form and fitness.