Chelsea are ready to step up their interest in Gareth Bale after Real Madrid became open to selling the Welsh star to part-fund a move for Kylian Mbappe, reports the Express.
Antonio Conte is a known admirer of Bale, and despite the 28-year-old’s happiness in the Spanish capital, dropping out of the starting lineup if the Monaco sensation arrives could alter his stance.
He will be the odd man out if Mbappe does head to Real with Karim Benzema set to be offered a new contract in the coming weeks.
Manchester United have a long standing interest in Bale but they are known to prefer to wait until next summer to sign him.
Chelsea have been keeping tabs on Bale’s situation at Real all summer with Antonio Conte looking to make four more signings.
Florentino Perez would be willing to sell for £90 million, according to the report, which would represent a marginal profit four years after breaking the world transfer record by paying Spurs 85m Pounds.
Having scored 67 times in 150 appearances while winning three Champions Leagues, Bale’s time in Spain has been a huge success, but a starring role back in the Premier League continues to be dangled in front of him.
During his time at Real, he has won the Champions League three times as well as La Liga last season.