Report emanating from England that Jose Mourinho and Manchester United chief are very close in signing Gareth Bale from Real Madrid the summer.

The United chief Ed Woodward and Mourinho chose the Welshman over Cristiano Ronaldo, who later joined the Italian Champions Juventus in a club transfer record of £88million earlier this week.

The discussion is said to have reached an advanced stage and it’s just remaining for the player to signal his interest. The former Tottenham man has seen his playing time reduced drastically under Madrid’s former manager Zinedane Zidane, who preferred Isco to the 28-year-old.

However, Real Madrid new manager Julen Lopetegui will be looking for who will become the next Galactico after Ronaldo left for Juve, and it’s now left for the former Spanish coach to reaffirm and convince Gareth Bale that he is part of the club’s plan.

The Paris Saint Germain due Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard are all being considered by Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez to replace Ronaldo.

When it became clear that Cristiano Ronaldo will be leaving the Spanish capital, Manchester United refused seizing the opportunity in signing the Portuguese forward rather they decided to go for Bale.

The Manchester chief had wanted to sign the Welshman since 2013 after taking over as the United chief executive. And Mourinho is also a fan of the attacker and is keen to bring Bale to Old Trafford.

The right side of attack has been United’s weak wing all these years, and Jose Mourinho is keen to address the situation this summer. Chelsea’s Brazilian forward Willian is another player on United’s wish list. If United ends up capturing any of these players, it will go a long way in strengthening their squad next season.