Transfer News: Manchester United Targets for Summer 2018 Revealed

Jose Mourinho will move for Gareth Bale in the summer of 2018 as he seeks a “world-class” winger to complement Manchester United’s squad, according to reports in the British media on Tuesday.

According to The Sun, Mourinho considered bidding for the Real Madrid midfielder in this summer transfer window, but the Spanish giant was unwilling to sell the 28-year-old.

However, Real apparently told United that while Bale would not be moving anywhere this summer, he could be available for sale in two transfer windows’ time.

While Bale is widely acknowledged to be a favorite of Real president Florentino Perez, his time in the Spanish capital has not been free from strife.

Bale has struggled with injuries and must now contend with the rise of Marco Asensio, the 21-year-old Spain international who plays in the Welshman’s position on the left wing of Real’s attack. Asensio has been in sparkling form for Real at the start of the new La Liga season.

Real could seek to cash in on Bale knowing it would receive upwards of £90 million from United, with a replacement already at the club in Asensio.

As for United, which leads the Premier League after three games, a left winger appears to be one of the final pieces in the jigsaw. Mourinho was interested in Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan this summer although a deal with the Serie A club eventually proved unworkable.

Bringing Bale back to the Premier League would represent a significant, if costly, coup for United. Bale dominated the division during his time with Tottenham Hotspur and returns a far more experienced player, albeit one with injury concerns.

As it is, Mourinho’s team looks like being a contender for the Premier League this season. Bale could tip it over the edge and make United a genuine challenger for European club honors, too.