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Gareth Bale has reportedly agreed to switch to Manchester United from Real MadridReuters

Manchester United have moved one step closer to completing a blockbuster move for Gareth Bale in the summer, with the Real Madrid winger reportedly giving his go-ahead for the transfer.

Reports from Spain this week have suggested Manchester United are ready to pay a staggering £120 million to land the Real Madrid superstar.

And when asked about the potential move, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal did not shoot it down, instead saying he would discuss such transfers only with his CEO.

That only added fuel to the fire that a potential move in the summer, which would obliterate the £86 million Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Bale, might just be possible after all, with that fire further stoked, with the Daily Express claiming Bale has given the green light for a move back to the English Premier League.

Manchester United are willing to pay the stupendous £120 million for the Welshman, and Bale has accepted the summer transfer according to the report, which cites sources in the continent.

While you can never rule out a British player returning to the Premier League, it does remain difficult to fathom Bale wanting to leave Real Madrid anytime soon.

The 25-year-old has won trophies left, right and centre since his move to the Bernabeu from Spurs in the summer of 2013, including that trophy everyone playing club football in Europe wants to win -- the Champions League.

Bale might want to move back to the Premier League -- and Manchester United will always be one of the main options, considering their buying power and status -- but it is unlikely that he will willingly leave after just two seasons with Real Madrid.

Of course, Real Madrid might think the £120 million bid is an offer they just cannot refuse, and with it give Bale the push needed to transfer to Manchester United, but whether that will happen or not remains to be seen.

Bale has not had the greatest of second seasons with Real, with injuries hampering his progress, and a recent poll in Madrid-based newspaper AS witnessed over 50 percent of the fans voting for Bale to be sold to Manchester United for the amount that was being mentioned.

While fan reaction is the last thing that you need to go by -- just ask Arsene Wenger and Arsenal -- the one thing that you can never entirely rule out is a player wanting a move back to more familiar confines. And that just might be the dangling carrot which clinches the deal, eventually, for Manchester United.

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