That is the view of Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda, who says the possibility of a part-exchange for Christian Eriksen may swing the deal in Tottenham’s favour.
Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham for £90million in 2013 – but despite his starring role in Madrid’s Champions League final win over Liverpool last season, he has dropped down the pecking order at the Bernabeu.
The Wales star looks to be heading for the exit this summer after Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane kept him on the bench for their final game of the season.
After the 2-0 defeat to Real Betis, Bale decided not to acknowledge the Madrid fans, and instead headed straight for the tunnel.
Bale has long been linked with a move to United, but Inda sees him joining one of the protagonists of the June 1 Champions League final in Madrid.
“Bale has spent the day playing golf at La Moraleja,” said Inda, in quotes reported by the Daily Star .
“And it is very likely that he will reach either of the two finalists in the Champions League, Tottenham or Liverpool.
“That operation would be accompanied by Eriksen plus a quantity of money.”
A move to Liverpool appears unlikely with the array of attacking talents Jurgen Klopp has at his disposal.
He would be much more likely to nail down a starting place at United.
Bale has been booed at times by Madrid fans this season, and former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon said while this was unfair, the 29-year-old’s failure to learn any Spanish has been a big factor in his Madrid misery.
Calderon said: “I think it is a bit unfair. He has been having many problems with injuries so he couldn’t play regularly.
“He also hasn’t learned any single word in Spanish. That hasn’t given him the opportunity to give any interview and to get in touch with the fans.”
“He came here with a great handicap. We paid for him more than for Cristiano Ronaldo,” he said.
“The fans expected that he could be able to score more goals and to play better but to be able to play like Cristiano is impossible.”