Manchester City have made contact with the representatives of Gareth Bale ahead of a potential summer move to the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have explored the option of perusing a move for Bale, with the club in the market to sign a versatile forward who can play across the front-three.

Spanish journalist, Jorge Calabres, is reporting a deal for Bale to leave Real Madrid is likely, but City’s rivals United are at a more advanced stage to sign the Wales international.

Real Madrid are unwilling to allow Bale leave the Santiago Bernabeu for anything below the £85million fee paid to Tottenham to sign him in 2013 but the report suggests both City and United would meet Madrid’s value for the 28-year-old.

Bale has struggled to contain his injury problems in Madrid and a deal to sign doesn’t make sense when City are hoping to build a young squad whose market value would increase. On the contrary, Bale’s value would only decrease and serious issues surrounding his fitness would need to be addressed.

City are also keeping an eye on proceedings at Leicester with the club holding a firm interest in Riyad Mahrez.

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