Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is prepared to wait another 12 months to sign Gareth Bale – though is open to an immediate deal for the Real Madrid star.

The Sunday Express says Zinedne Zidane is willing to sacrifice the 28 year-old who was hit by a series of injuries last season once Mbappe arrives in the Spanish capital.

United have backed Mourinho with over £100 million spent this summer Romelu Lukaku costing £75 million and Victor Lindelof £31 million.

He has been told that more money is available but they have refused to meet Inter Milan’s £48 million asking price for Ivan Perisic.

Premier League clubs now often think 12 months ahead in terms of their recruitment with a bid to bring Bale back to the Premier League earmarked for the summer of 2018.

But despite it likely to blow a massive hole in their budget Mourinho would move for Bale if he does come onto the market this summer.

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