Spanish giants Real Madrid want to include Gareth Bale in a player-plus-cash deal to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United, according to reports.
Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made signing his countryman one of his priorities as he revamps his squad after Madrid’s poor – by their standards – season in 2018/19.
However, having already spent more than £300 million on new players this summer, Madrid are reluctant to meet United’s £150 million asking price in full. This is why they want to include a makeweight such as Bale, who has been told he isn’t part of Zidane’s plans for next season.
United have previously been linked with Bale – especially during the Jose Mourinho era – but appear to have cooled their interest in the 29-year-old now. Whether his inclusion in any offer for Pogba changes their stance remains to be seen.
Pogba is understood to be keen to move to Madrid but United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reluctant to lose him. If this stance continues Pogba could submit a formal transfer request.
Meanwhile Bale has previously said he is happy to stay at Madrid, so whether he would agree to be the makeweight in any deal remains to be seen.