Bayern Munich reportedly plan to make a move for Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale following Leroy Sane’s big injury blow.

Bayern have been on the hunt for a new winger all summer and had hoped it would be Sane. The club’s interest was so strong, in fact, they waited patiently for an answer from the Manchester City player

But all that came to nothing in the end following the Germany international’s knee injury. He sustained it during last weekend’s Community Shield against Liverpool, and manager Pep Guardiola expects him out for “six or seven months”.

This development in Manchester was a very bitter and unwelcome blow for Bayern. They felt Sane was the perfect man to replace the departed Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery at the Allianz Arena.

Now, Niko Kovac’s side must begin a desperate last-minute search for a new winger this summer. Although they do still have some time, with the German transfer window closing on September 2.

And Sport1 claims that the Bundesliga champions have already named their next target in Bale. Apparently, they’re hoping to sign the Wales star from Real on a similar two-year loan to what they had with James Rodriguez.

The German outlet believes Bayern’s plan will tempt Los Blancos as it means they won’t pay Bale’s big wages. The 30-year-old currently earns a reported €15m per season at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Furthermore, this move would free up space in Real’s budget to pursue a move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.

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The Bavarians will also retain an option to buy Bale outright from Real at the end of the loan agreement. It should be noted, however, that it doesn’t necessarily mean they will sign him permanently.

James, for example, had the same deal to remain in Germany after his loan stint had ended. But he rejected the proposal and is back to trying to find a new club all over again.

Unlike the Colombian, though, Bale is in Real’s 20-man squad for tonight’s final pre-season friendly at AS Roma.

The match in the Italian capital will start at 20:00 (CET).


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