Manchester United Jose Mourinho says he will be in front of the line to buy Gareth Bale should Real Madrid agree to sell the striker.
Speculation continues over Bale’s future at the Bernabeu, with some reports in Spain suggesting Madrid may be willing to part ways with the 28-year-old as they move for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe.
Bale is in Real’s 24-man squad for the UEFA Super Cup against United, but speculation will increase if he is left out of the side.
While Mourinho recently said it was impossible to sign Bale, he would pounce at the opportunity should things change.
“If he’s playing tomorrow, well, no I wouldn’t think of that possibility of signing on (Bale),” Mourinho said in Macedonia, where the Super Cup will be played on Tuesday.
“If he is playing tomorrow, it is because he is in the coach’s plans and in the club’s plans and because he also has that ambition to continue in Real Madrid.
“So I haven’t even thought of the possibility of signing him on our team.
“If he’s not in the club’s plans, if what you are writing right now is true – I am not sure whether it is or not – that the arrival of another player (would) perhaps (mean) Gareth would be on his way out.
“If he is on his way out of Real Madrid, well, I’ll try to be waiting for him on the other side and try to fight with other coaches that would also like to have him on his team.
“But I think that if he plays tomorrow, it is probably the best confirmation that they’ll keep counting on him during the season.”
Meanwhile, former United star Ryan Giggs believes it’s only a matter of time before Bale will become a United player.
“I don’t think it will happen in this transfer window but you can see it happening one day,” Giggs said.
“If Bale ever comes back to England there are very few clubs who would be able to afford him or he would want to play for. After Real Madrid only a couple of clubs can really compete for prestige or history.
“That’s why the speculation happens every year but I maintain what I’ve always said, I think he’s happy at Madrid. It’s not impossible but he’s playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world and if he’s enjoying himself and playing regularly I don’t see it happening.”