The on-off (really off-off) story of Gareth Bale leaving Real Madrid was a dominant tale in early August and it seems as if the Spanish club are intent on forcing the Welshman into accepting a move to Manchester United.

Bale’s appalling injury record in Spain wasn’t enough to stop Jose Mourinho waxing lyrical about the player ahead of the European Super Cup game in August but when Bale was selected to play, it seemed to end the speculation.

However, Bale has again endured an injury-hit season, missing 14 of 22 games, and Diario Gol report that the Real Madrid hierarchy’s tolerance has run out.

The media outlet suggest there has been a stunning change of heart about Bale at the European Champions, saying ‘the alarm bells do not stop ringing’ and suggesting that the winger’s injury problems are now psychological more than physical.

They report that informally, Real Madrid president Perez and Bale have agreed a move at the end of the season is for the best, but the club have concerns as the informal interest they received last summer did not result in actual bids; and worse still for them, the suggested fees were lower than £52m.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino this week refused to rule out a move for the former Spurs wide man but Madrid, who were priced out of a move for Kylian Mbappe, will be hoping United’s interest re-emerges to force a bidding war. However, with Mourinho’s interest in Mesut Ozil publicly known, it seems doubtful that they will entertain a big offer for a player who has obvious issues.