Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has settled on a pre-agreement which could see him join Manchester United in the summer, according to Spanish rumours outlet Diario Gol.
The claim comes in the midst of Los Blancos reportedly running out of patience with the Wales international following a continuous spell of injuries, which has seen him sidelined on 14 separate occasions during his four-year spell with the club.
With six of those coming in this calendar year, amassing to a total of 37 games absent, the
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium chiefs were said to be willing to cut their losses with the 28-year-old and the expectation was the player would move on from the Spanish champions this summer.
Manchester United have long been linked with a swoop for Bale, and now, according to reports in Spain, the Premier League giants have come to an agreement with the attacker for a switch at the end of this season.
The agreement, of which the details are not listed, now hangs on the promise than a fee can be agreed between the Red Devils and Real - which is where things become tricky.
The report suggests that Madrid president Florentino Perez is unwilling to lower his asking price of €90m (£78.9m) for the Welshman, whereas Jose Mourinho and the Old Trafford hierarchy see a sum of around €60m (£52.6m) a much more realistic figure.
But despite the rather eye-watering €30m (£26.3m) gap in both parties' valuations of Bale, the English club will be confident in landing their man by already holding an agreement in place with the player.
However, following the report, Los Blancos chief Perez has since denied rumours that the club are looking to offload the attacker, and that when calls for his transfer surfaced in the past he refused to allow the former world's most expensive player to be sold.
This revelation could be seen in one of two ways, either the Santiago Bernabeu hierarchy genuinely see Bale as someone within their squad of the future, or the denial of current speculation could be a way to maintain their high asking price.
Another side who have show interest in securing the playmaker and scorer are former club Tottenham Hotspur, who initially took a chance on the up and coming talent fresh out of Southampton's academy ranks.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has heavily and publicly lauded the Welshman in the past, with it not being difficult to see someone of Bale's talent could be the final piece in the ever-eluding Premier League trophy puzzle for the north Londoners.
However, with Perez hinting at a €90m (£78.9m) fee in order to begin negotiations with the player, it is unlikely Daniel Levy and co. will be willing to enter the transfer battle with who seem like frontrunners Manchester United.