Manchester United are favourites at 6/4 to sign Gareth Bale after reports that Real Madrid are set to release the Welshman on a free this summer.
Bale has been linked with a move to United since he was a Tottenham player, and with his relationship with Real boss Zinedine Zidane seemingly irreparable, the Red Devils are favourites to land his signature in the coming months.
United’s rivals Manchester City also feature heavily in the betting at 2/1 with 888Sport, with a sensational return to Spurs a 3/1 shot.
Fellow Premier League clubs Chelsea (5/1), Liverpool (7/1) and Arsenal (11/1) are also in the mix, though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United seem to have stolen a march on their domestic competition.
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Bale has been at Real Madrid since 2013, when he joined for a then-world record €100m fee. Despite winning four Champions League trophies while at the club, Bale has never seemed fully at home in Spain, and has endured a frosty relationship with Zidane.
With Real keen to offload his £350,000-a-week wages, Bale could be on his way out this summer – and United are primed to pounce.
An 888Sport spokesman said: “News has emerged from Spain overnight that Real Madrid are set to get rid of Gareth Bale this summer – which means the move to Man Utd that has been rumoured for years could finally happen.
“United have been long-term admirers of Bale, even since the days of David Moyes, and we think this could be the time this move finally comes off for the Welshman.”
Outside of the Premier League, Bayern Munich (6/1) or Any MLS side (7/1) look the most viable options, but a move to China – with Bale having previously come close to joining the Chinese Super League – looks off the table.
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