After finally getting their window underway with the arrival of Donny van de Beek from Ajax, M.E.N. Sport understands that United are working on up to three more deals before the October 5 deadline.
United are long-term admirers of the 20-year-old, having previously attempted to sign him in 2017 and 2019 to no avail, and are working on finally bringing him to Old Trafford this summer.
There was progress last week in negotiations over Sancho’s wages and agent fees but a deal has yet to be struck with Dortmund for the player, with United adamant that they won’t pay the Bundesliga club’s €120million valuation up front.
Dortmund officials remain confident that the England international will stay at Signal Iduna Park for at least one more season.
With only three weeks of the transfer window left United are being linked with a number of alternatives if Sancho can’t be signed, with Bale being the latest.
The Welshman has had a torrid time at Madrid and Zinedine Zidane is keen to finally get him out of the Bernabeu after dropping him from the squad entirely towards the end of the season.
It has been reported that Madrid would be willing to let Bale leave the club on loan and even pay a hefty portion of his wages, which could potentially make him an attractive short-term option for United.
Supporters are split on the potential signing, however, with some believing Bale still has quality and could be a low-risk signing as an alternative to Sancho, while others are demanding the club continue to focus on their priority target.
Despite the speculation, reasons remain for why United moving for Bale wouldn’t make sense. Even if Madrid paid half of his wages, it would still make Bale one of the club’s highest earners and at age 31, with a sketchy injury record in recent years, he goes against United’s new transfer policy.