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Bayern Munich reportedly targeting Gareth Bale

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A report out of Spain alleges that Die Roten are one of the powerhouse teams in the running to obtain the services of the Welshman.

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Per a report by Sport (Spain), Bayern Munich may be on the hunt for the services of Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale. There is plenty of competition for Bale’s talent, however.

Real Madrid put Gareth Bale on the transfer market a few weeks ago. His performance has not lived up to expectations and they want to replace him. There is interest in the Welsh winger from the Premier League, but also in Italy from Juventus, France from PSG and now Germany with Bayern Munich.

The report also states that the good relationship between the clubs could help Bayern obtain Bale for less than the asking price. Just the thought of Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge strolling into the Real Madrid offices to negotiate on Bale like his a used car is worth the price of admission.

Like with James Rodriguez, Bayern are casting an eye towards Madrid. They want to take advantage of their good relationship, negotiating a price under the 120m that Madrid are asking for. Madrid would at least like to recover the 101 million euros they paid for him. The Germans will not pay that much, and will try to convince club and player to take a deal that satisfies everyone.

In England, however, a report by Express has Bale linked to his old club, Tottenham Hotspur, and also Manchester United. Express claims the Spurs’ deal is done, but that would seem premature.

Real Madrid star Bale is on the radars of both Manchester United and Tottenham with his Bernabeu career sizzling out. The Wales international is expected to be benched for Los Blancos’ Champions League final showdown with Liverpool on May 26. Real Madrid splashed out £86million to lure him away from Tottenham five years ago and, though injuries have stopped him from being a Bernabeu legend, he has still scooped silverware galore.

With reports starting to swirl heavily regarding Bayern’s offseason plans, adding Bale as a winger would not be the worst idea. He does, indeed, have immense talent, but seems to have had consistent battles with the injury bug. Given his lack of playing time in Madrid recently, he may actually be healthy enough to make a contribution to Bayern and be a primary wing option to complement Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry, along with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery should they return.

For the right price, Bale could be a very intriguing option in Munich.