Real Madrid willing to help Man Utd fund Bale deal by ‘covering half his salary’

Real Madrid are reportedly willing pay half of Gareth Bale 's wages to help him join Manchester United this summer.

Daily Star Sport understands that United are interested in signing Bale as an alternative to Jadon Sancho but the Welshman's bumper £600,000-a-week wages are a potential sticking point.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Real are exploring ways of getting Bale off their wage bill and are willing to pay 50 per cent of his salary.

However, the fact that he has two-years left on his current deal is a potential sticking point, with the idea that Real could simply cancel his contract an option being explored.

Bale recently admitted that he would be open to a Premier League return, telling Sky Sports News: "If [offers from Premier League clubs] arise, it is something I'd look at for sure.

"Time will tell but mainly I think the reason is that the decision is in Real Madrid's hands. I tried to leave last year but they blocked everything at the last second.

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"It was a project I was excited for but it didn't materialise. There have been other instances where we have tried to go but the club won't allow it or they've done something. It's down to the club."

Former Real Madrid star Steve McManaman believes Bale should return to England so he can try and "get back to his highest level".

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Speaking on ‘Football Talks’ with FIFA Legends, McManaman said: "I think Gareth Bale could play in the Premier League and get back to his highest level. I certainly hope so.

"I know he's 31 years of age. Of course he's had a number of injures but I don't think he's played a lot of football in recent years so he should be fit and strong.

"The most important thing for Gareth is to play football and if he's not going to do that at Real Madrid then I think he should try somewhere else."

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