Bookies slash odds on Gareth Bale joining Man Utd
Odds makers have moved to slash the odds on Gareth Bale joining Manchester United after a flurry of bets on the Welshman making the move to Old Trafford were lodged on Wednesday.
Betfair now have their odds on Bale moving to United next summer as low as 6/4, with other bookies offering 7/2 on the player who cost Real Madrid a record £86m when he signed from Tottenham in the summer of 2013 making a return to the Premier League.
Bale's stock has fallen considerably at Real Madrid this season, with the club's supporters jeering the player who scored the vital goal in last season's Champions League final victory and the winner in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona last May.
While Bale and Real Madrid have insisted he will stay at the Bernabeu next season, the Spanish club's eagerness to sign Manchester United keeper David De Gea means a deal may well be possible that could see Bale end up at Old Trafford as part of a mega-deal.
The uncertainty surrounding the future of Angel Di Maria - as he continues to be linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain - could also fuel the rumours that United will look to replace the Argentine with Bale next season, with the silly season for transfer speculation already underway.
However, Wales boss Chris Coleman has moved to offer his backing to Bale, as he suggests his star turn has what it takes to rediscover his best form with Real Madrid.
"Gareth's a big boy, he'll come through that," stated Coleman. "I honestly have no worries about Gareth. He's the last person I'd worry about.
"People can say he's had a bad season but he's in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, still has a chance to win La Liga, [scored] 16 goals and goodness knows how many assists," said Coleman.
"Anywhere else than Real Madrid and he's doing really well. Throw into that he's also the most expensive player and signed by the president. but he will overcome that."
No smoke without fire? If De Gea is certain to move to the Bernabeu next summer then Bale could well end up in a red Manchester United shirt for what could be the club's return to the Champions League next season.