Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has asked the club to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale before the transfer window closes, according to OK Diario journalist Eduardo Inda.
Speaking on Spanish TV show El Chiringuito (quotes via OK Diario), Inda explained that Marcus Rashford’s injury has led to Solskjaer making the request for the Wales international:
“The Manchester United coach, Solskjaer, has asked the board of directors to make an effort to sign Bale. Rashford has been injured and they want to sign him before the market closes.”
Inda suggests that United would be willing to pay between €50m (£42m) and €60m (£51m) for Bale, but there is still a question mark over whether the Welshman is keen on moving.
Real have been trying to offload the 30-year-old for a while, due to his €17m a season wages and because he doesn’t see eye to eye with manager Zinedine Zidane.
However, Bale himself is said to be “determined” to stay, while his agent Jonathan Barnett is also not actively looking to help move the player on.
Whether there is any truth to Inda’s claims, we won’t have to wait long to find out, with clubs only having until 11pm on Friday night to get deals done.