Gareth Bale has told Manchester United to sign him on a permanent deal – or forget luring him to Old Trafford.
United are considering a move for the Real Madrid superstar after hitting a brick wall in their attempts to land England and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
Dortmund are holding out for close to £110m for Sancho, while United value him closer to £80m.
United bosses view Bale as a suitable alternative to Sancho and have explored the chances of taking him on a season-long loan deal with a view to making another attempt to to sign Sancho next summer.
Bale is desperate to leave the Spanish giants following a complete breakdown in his relationship with Real boss Zinedine Zidane and is keen on a return to the Premier League.
But the Welsh international, 31, is not prepared to play second fiddle to Sancho and will only consider joining United on a full-time deal.
This could leave Tottenham in pole position to make their own move for Bale and re-sign him on a permanent deal, but he would have to accept a huge drop in wages to join his former club.
Bale, who left Spurs for Madrid in an £83m deal in 2013, still has two years remaining on his £600,000-a-week contract at the Bernabeu.
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Real bosses would be willing to fund up to 50 percent of his salary to get him out of the club, but it remains to be seen if Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to make up the rest considering it would see Bale earn £100,000-a-week more than current top earner Harry Kane.
To complicate things further it is understood Real would want a sizable fee for Bale next summer as part of any loan deal, by which time the winger will be 32.
Bale has been at loggerheads with Real since they scuppered his transfer to Chinese outfit Jiangsu Suning last summer by demanding a transfer fee once he had agreed wages of £1m-a-week.
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