Gareth Bale set for enormous buy-out clause to put off Man United

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

Real Madrid are set to take every step they can to put Manchester United off the trail of long-term target Gareth Bale.

Reports in Spain suggest that part of the club's fresh contract talks with the superstar involve building in an enormous buy-out clause to make sure even the richest club in England won't have deep enough pockets to make a move.

Bale is reportedly close to signing a new deal that, just like the one penned by team-mate Toni Kroos this week, will keep him at the Bernabeu until 2022.

That would tie the Welsh wizard to the Spanish giants until he turns 33 but a clause in the deal is also reportedly in there to put off potential suitors such as Manchester United.

The Red Devils have been linked with a move for Bale since his time at Spurs and as recently as August there was talk of a potential swoop.

However, a staggering €500m buy-out clause is set to be part of a new deal, which would surely be too rich even for Manchester United's blood.

Crazy numbers in football are becoming ever more common place (just look at the cash involved in Chelsea's kit deal) but even the club who hold the world transfer record after nabbing Paul Pogba this summer would surely refuse to stump up so much cash for one player.