Bale to Man Utd rumours gather momentum
The odds on under-fire Real Madrid star Gareth Bale making a mega-money move to Manchester United this summer have tumbled amid frenzied speculation over the Welshman's future.
Bale was criticised once again after his latest display for Real Madrid in Wednesday night's Champions League semi-final defeat against Juventus, with fans shouting vile abuse in his direction as he left the Bernabeu following the match.
This was the latest episode of Real Madrid supporters hurling obscenities at the player who cost the club £86m when he signed from Tottenham in the summer of 2013, with the high demands expected of players at this particular club proving tricky for Bale to live up to.
His latest clashes with fans have sparked fresh speculation that preliminary talks have already taken place ahead of Bale's move to United this summer, with bookies reporting healthy trading on the transfer taking place in the next couple of months.
A bid in excess of £60m may be needed to prize Bale out of Real Madrid, but United have shown that they are ready to pay huge transfer fees to sign the best players in the world, with the club's executive vice-chairman suggesting more big spending is on the horizon.
"Regarding this summer's transfer activity, we have already started implementing our plans, and last week announced that Memphis Depay, who is one of the most exciting young players in Europe, will be joining our first-team," said Woodward.
"We expect to be active again during the window, but it is too early to give guidance on transfers or wages at this point.
"The squad will be absolutely deep enough and ready to challenge on all fronts, all competitions next year.
"That as ever does involve some ins and outs in the summer, which we're not going to guide on in terms of number."
Bale has insisted he "sees no reason" why he won't be at Real Madrid next season, but the links with a move to Manchester United refuse to disperse and if anything, there now seems to be momentum gathering behind what could be the biggest transfer of this summer.