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Arsenal are trying to hijack Manchester United’s attempts to sign Gareth Bale after opening talks with Real Madrid over a shock swoop for the attacker, according to a report by TeamTalk.
Bale forged a reputation as one of the best players in the world during his time at Tottenham Hotspur which earned him a big-money move to Madrid during the summer of 2013.
The 28-year-old has provided 79 goals and 58 assists in his 179 appearances to help Madrid win a whole host of top honours including 3 Champions League trophies in the last five years.
However, Bale’s future at the Bernabeu has been called in to question amid speculation Madrid are ready to cash-in after growing frustrated with his constant injury problems over the past two seasons.
The Welsh international has struggled to hold down a regular place in Zinedine Zidane’s starting eleven since returning to full fitness in the New Year and was benched for last night’s Champions League win over Juventus.
It’s led to rumours Bale could be heading back to the Premier League and TeamTalk cite reports from last week that claimed Man Utd had lodged a bid worth £70m including add ons for the attackers signature.
Jose Mourinho is expected to strengthen his squad this summer as he looks to build a side capable of competing with Man City and Bale would certainly add a spark that’s been missing at times this season.
However, it looks like United may have competition as TeamTalk are citing reports emanating from Diario Gol that claim Arsenal have now made contact with Madrid to discuss a shock deal to sign Bale.