MANCHESTER UNITED could yet sign Real Madrid star Gareth Bale but only if the Wales international is within their spending limits, according to reports.
Bale’s Real Madrid future has taken a turn for the worse after struggling against Juventus in the Champions League last night.
As the Serie A giants soared back into the tie, the wing wizard was hooked by Zinedine Zidane at the interval.
Real ultimately went on to score a decisive goal to make the next round but Bale was nowhere near any of the celebrations.
Express Sport understands Manchester United remain keen on the 28-year-old despite signing Alexis Sanchez in January.
Yet the Manchester Evening News say any deal must meet their own valuation of the player.
If Real demand £100million, the Red Devils may dance to their tune.
But that is thought to be the most Jose Mourinho is willing to pay to sign the Wales forward.
Publicly, United have insisted they will not be investing in a forward, even if Zlatan Ibrahimovic does need replacing.
However, Bale has long been on their radar with the Red Devils first pursuing him during his time as a youngster at Southampton.
The MEN say United, though, will not be aggressive in any pursuit of the 28-year-old.
Meanwhile, Zidane has explained why he took off Bale – and Casemiro – against Juventus.
“They [Juventus] played a great game, with a very good plan from their coach,” Zidane said.
“We had to change the shape of the team, and it changed the dynamic of the game.
“Lucas [Vazquez] and Marco [Asensio] brought more energy, it had to be done, but it was not anything against Gareth or Casemiro.”