Manchester United at the ready, as Bale's agent asks Real Madrid if they want to sell

Jonathan Barnett met with Florentino Perez, to clarify if the Welsh star has a future at the Bernabeu.

Manchester United will shortly learn if they have a realistic opportunity, or not, regarding a planned blockbuster move for Gareth Bale, after important developments at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

According to Spanish sports daily, AS, the representative of the Welsh star, Jonathan Barnett, held a meeting with Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, to determine the future of his client.

The principal question couldn't have been any clearer, with the Real Madrid supremo asked for clarification, whether or not they want to sell Bale this summer.

After what has been a complicated season for the 25-year-old, in the midst of extremely harsh pressure, both from fans and the Spanish media, speculation has mounted recently that he's looking for a swift exit.

As such, AS claims that during the meeting on Wednesday, Barnett requested that if Real Madrid don't wish to keep Bale, that is made clear and immediately so, in order that a move elsewhere can quickly be engineered.

It is thought that Bale has a preference to know where his future lies, before he heads away for his summer holidays, so he can plan accordingly ahead of the new season.

If the decision is reached by Florentino Perez, to sell the player he's thus far defended so strongly, it could lead to a second record-breaking move for Bale, with Manchester United prepared to pay up to €120 million.

That would eclipse the reported fee of €101 million Real Madrid paid Tottenham Hotspur, to land the player initially in the summer of 2013.

Given this development, the possibility increases that one way or the other, the future of Bale will be made all the clearer. Especially as his agents have set the clock ticking for a decision from his current club.

Undoubtedly on the mind of Florentino Perez, amongst any decisions over the coming days, and should he be willing to let Bale leave, will be the opportunity to use a transfer to the Red Devils, as leverage towards getting David De Gea.

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