Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is confident that the club are able to break the bank for Gareth Bale signature this summer.

United manager Jose Mourinho is believed to be a big fan of Real Madrid forward and has been strongly linked with the Old Trafford move.

The 28-year-old has revealed – after the Champions League final – that he wants to be offered enough time football.

The Wales international has only started 20 La Liga games in the 2017-18 season but with Zinedine Zidane’s shock departure the forward could stay at Santiago Bernabeu.

However, the Red Devils are still looking to bring the former Tottenham star back to the Premier League this summer.

“Manchester United are definitely interested. Jose Mourinho tried to sign him last summer,” journalist Duncan Castles told the Transfer Window Podcast.

“If Madrid say yes to it, which they’re likely to, and Bale says yes to it, that will necessitate a redrawing of United’s transfer plans. They didn’t go into the summer expecting to sign an attacking player of his status.”

“Bale changes the dynamic, this is the level of player Ed Woodward wants to bring to the club. He has huge marketing potential. He’s confident of convincing the Glazers to approve the huge finances involved in getting him.”

Bale, who is set to cost United more than £100m, joined the Los Blancos in 2013 from London side Tottenham.

Meanwhile, the Wales captain has scored 88 goals in 189 appearances for Madrid across all competitions in five seasons.

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