Real Madrid Have Reportedly Made A Surprising Decision On Gareth Bale's Future

But it all hinges on securing one big name

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There's been recent speculation that Bale's benching at the Champions League final cemented the end of the Welshmen's time at Real Madrid having been replaced by club favourite Isco.

Adding further fuel to the fire is the rumour today that Manchester United have been given the go-ahead to bid for the 27-year-old as Real Madrid have admitted they're willing to sell Bale.

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The move comes after French newspaper L'Equipe claim that Zinedine Zidane and Madrid president Florentino Perez met with Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe last week to secure a move to their club.

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Metro reports that: "L'Equipe claim that out of those three players, Bale's transfer would be the most likely and United could now follow up with a bid, given their long-standing interest in the Wales international.During their conversation, Zidane and Perez reportedly told Mbappe that they would be willing to offload one of Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo or Karim Benzema in order to guarantee him more playing time next season."

They added that although Bale is willing to join United for a £100 million transfer fee, the head honchos at the club are split about the decision to sell him.

As United are reportedly also perusing Renato Sanches, Alexis Sanchez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Fabinho it looks like they'll need a bigger changing room.