Gareth Bale has agreed to join Manchester United on a season-long loan but a deal must still be agreed with Real Madrid, according to reports.
With just three weeks left until the transfer window closes on October 5, United are looking to complete up to three more deals to add to the signing of Donny van de Beek.
While left-back Sergio Reguilon is being monitored, attacking signings remain the priority for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season as he hopes to add more quality and depth to his attacking ranks.
Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho is still the top target but, although progress has been made in talks regarding the winger’s personal terms and agent costs, a transfer fee is still far away from being agreed between the two clubs.
Dortmund officials again reiterated on Monday that Sancho would be staying for the forthcoming season and it’s understood that United are adamant that they won’t meet the Bundesliga side’s €120million valuation of the player.
As a result United are being linked with a number of short-term loan options as an alternative to the England international and Bale is the latest.
The Welshman has had a torrid time at Madrid in recent years after being frozen out by Zinedine Zidane and, after Madrid scuppered a departure to China last summer, they are ready to let him leave on loan in the current window.
According to Spanish outlet Deportes Cuatro, Bale is happy to accept a return to England to play with United for the season – but he will not accept even the most minuscule of pay cuts to do so.
Which means United and Madrid will have to come to an agreement on how the winger’s wages will be split for the year, with Los Blancos reportedly willing to pay a hefty portion in order to see him leave the Bernabeu.
While a deal can’t be completely ruled out, one seems unlikely as even if Madrid paid half of Bale’s wages he would still become one of United’s highest earners.
Meanwhile, Roma are reportedly lining up a move for Hellas Verona’s Marash Kumbulla, with a deal for United’s Chris Smalling continuing to stall.
The Serie A side are keen on brining the centre-half back to the Stadio Olimpico this summer after his successful loan spell last season but the saga has dragged on throughout the window and they have now been linked with alternatives.
According to Corriere dello Sport Roma have grown frustrated with the lengthy negotiations and have decided to look elsewhere after another bid was rejected.