Real Madrid have “lowered their asking price” for Manchester United target Gareth Bale to £69million after another injury-plagued season.
The Welsh winger, 28, was tipped for an Old Trafford switch in the summer, but Los Blancos failed to sell after missing out on Kylian Mbappe.
The French forward instead opted to join Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain on loan, before making his move permanent in the summer of 2018.
Bale became the most-expensive player on the planet in 2013, when he swapped Tottenham for Real Madrid in an £87m deal.
But injuries have sorely limited Bale’s production in Spain, with the Welshman playing just nine of the Galacticos’ 19 matches this season.
The ex-Spurs star is slated for a return from a calf injury later this month – having originally been set to be back on the field by now, but for another setback.
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United boss Jose Mourinho is a long-time admirer of Bale – and was set to smash the £100m barrier in the summer to bring him back to the Premier League.
According to reports in Spain, Zinedine Zidane and Co are now losing patience in Bale and “regret” their decision to keep hold of the three-time Champions League winner.
Having publicly declared their frustration in the star, Real may now only see around half of what they could have raked in during the summer.
Some reports claim Bale could be available for anywhere between £62m and £69m – with Madrid taking a loss on the superstar forward.
Meanwhile, Wales boss Chris Coleman has told Bale to do what makes him “happy”.
Coleman claimed: “I would like to see Gareth wherever he is going to be happy, that is what I would like.
“Wherever he is happy because wherever he is happy he plays great football.
“He comes with us, he is happy and we see an amazing player. Wherever he is not happy then he shouldn’t be there.
“If he is happy in Madrid then fine, if he is not then he needs to go and play somewhere where he is happy.”