Arsenal legend: Why Man United must sell Di Maria and sign Bale

Charlie Nicholas believes that Manchester United should try and sign Gareth Bale this summer

Charlie Nicholas has urged Manchester United to break the bank to try and sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid this summer.

Bale’s future has been a source of speculation in recent months and United were heavily linked with a move for the Wales international before his eventual transfer to Real Madrid from Tottenham back in 2013.

Louis van Gaal is likely to be active in the summer transfer market as the Dutchman looks to bolster his squad ahead of his second season in charge at Old Trafford.

And former Arsenal man Nicolas feels that Bale could be the big-name signing Manchester United fans are after as the summer transfer window approaches.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “If you want to make a serious statement, then you need to throw everything at getting Gareth Bale.

“He’s the sort of player that can create a massive excitement and help United make an immediate impact when they return to the Champions League.

“I think Bale would be open to returning to the Premier League, even if he wouldn’t say it.

“United can say to him, ‘you’ve been successful in Spain winning the Champions League but after your ups and downs, you can come here and be our Ronaldo, rather than playing second fiddle’.

“They need to offload [Angel] Di Maria, who came in and offered a lot of energy but now doesn’t seem totally committed like he did at Real Madrid.”

United slumped to a second successive defeat on Sunday as they were beaten 3-0 by Everton at Goodison Park.

The Red Devils are currently fourth in the Premier League table as they look to win their remaining four games and seal Champions League qualification.

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