​Former ​Manchester United captain and one of the club greats Rio Ferdinand has urged manager Jose Mourinho to make the move in order to sign Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale in the upcoming transfer window.

Bale's Real Madrid career looks to be nearing it's end after the Welsh wizard was substituted at half-time in the Los Blancos' UEFA Champions League quarter-final win over Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid booked their spot in the final four of the elite tournament courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty late in the game. But, Bale's substitution at the break could be a hint that his time at Real Madrid could be up.

The 28-year-old Welshman is reportedly keen to stay at Real Madrid, however the Spanish giants are expected to sell him in the summer and Ferdinand wants ​Man United to pounce on this chance to sign their long-time target.

Speaking about Bale and whether he could see the ​Welshman play at United, Ferdinand told at a ​BT Sport programme, "For his talent, 100% [I would want him]. If you get him at a decent price, but talent-wise there's not doubting this guy. But it's just getting him out on the pitch every week is the problem. He hasn't been able to do that."

Continuing his praise, Rio said, "He's a huge talent. He's had a bad season by all accounts from what they're saying, their fans are disgruntled and not happy about him. He's got 16 goals. In the Premier League, I'd love to see him here."

Bale has scored 14 times and provided eight assists in 32 appearances for Real Madrid this season.