Manchester United could be given the chance to sign Gareth Bale for as little as £5 million in the summer.
The 29 year old Welsh international is no longer wanted by Real Madrid, with newly appointed manager Zinedine Zidane making it clear that he does not feature in his long-term plans.
However, selling the player outright is looking to become a challenge, with few clubs likely to meet the price tag that Bale has on his head, having been signed for £90 million back in 2013.
Now, according to The Daily Mirror, Real may be prepared to adopt a similar tactic with Bale as they used with another highly priced signing who was no longer wanted at the Bernabeu, James Rodriguez. In his case he was allowed to leave on loan to Bayern Munich for a loan fee of £5 million per season.
A similar proposal could be on the table for Manchester United, although they would still have to foot the bill for Bale’s wages which are £500,000 a week.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.