REAL MADRID have reportedly put Gareth Bale up for sale.
The Spanish giants have apparently placed Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham on high alert, ahead of the January transfer window.
The boardroom at the Bernabeu have become increasingly frustrated with the Welshman’s injuries.
Bale has suffered with a persistent calf problem since moving to Madrid for £85million in 2013.
And his latest setback – a thigh injury picked up in training on Friday – has proved to be the final straw.
Bale has won three Champions Leagues, one La Liga title and the Copa del Rey during his time in Madrid.
But Los Blancos are now open to offers for their winger, according to the Sunday Mirror.
Jose Mourinho was heavily linked with Bale in the summer but a move failed to materialise.
And the report suggests that the Red Devils will be the favourites to land the 28-year-old when the transfer window reopens.
However, long-term Madrid target David de Gea could be mentioned in any transfer discussions.
But Mourinho will be keen to keep hold of his number one, especially if they are to try and challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Pat Nevin: What David Luiz is doing wrong at Chelsea
Pat Nevin believes David Luiz has seen his form dip at Chelsea this season and needs to rediscover his “zip” to get back in Antonio Conte’s team.
The Brazilian defender was controversially omitted from Conte’s starting XI for the visit of Manchester United in their crunch Premier League clash last weekend.
Luiz was part of a Chelsea defence that had conceded 13 times in six games in all competitions following disappointing results against Manchester City, Crystal Palace and AS Roma.
Former Chelsea winger Nevin believes Luiz needs to stop trying to be Italian legend Andrea Pirlo and lose the sluggishness that has infected his performances.
“He has been playing a bit slow recently,” Nevin told Newstalk.
“He thinks he’s Pirlo. He is pinging balls 60 or 70 yards. Chelsea need to zip it around and move it quickly. Kante comes back. Luiz is out.
“It was zipped around. It was moved quick. I hope Luiz was sat in the stands and realised that. It could help Luiz. He will come back in but it might not be right away.”