Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte wants to make a statement in the transfer window after demanding that Gareth Bale be his marquee summer signing.
The 29-year-old Welsh winger's future remains uncertain at Real Madrid after an up-and-down season, with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur both linked with him.
According to El Chiringuito, Conte has spoken with Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta and director of football Piero Ausilio about the possibility of signing the Madrid ace.
Zinedine Zidane is expected to make sweeping changes to his squad after Madrid's disappointing season.
Los Blancos snapped up Luka Jović from Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday and are planning to sign Chelsea ace Eden Hazard, which would make it difficult for Bale to secure regular first-team football next season.
Inter Milan have also been linked with a move for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and the Red Devils have named their price tag for him.
With reports suggesting that Ivan Perišić could be included in a deal for the 26-year-old Belgium international, Conte believes that he could offer Bale regular first-team football in his starting XI next season.
Bale might have several European clubs interested in luring him away from the Santiago Bernabéu, but former United striker Teddy Sheringham believes that the Wales international is fighting a lost battle at Madrid.
"Zidane has come in and has said in not so many words: 'I want to get rid of Gareth Bale,'" he told Betstars.
"If the manager doesn't bring him on as one his three substitutes when Real Madrid are losing, he's basically saying, 'I want Gareth Bale to go.'
"Gareth Bale will be saying what a lot of the Manchester United players will say this season, with a cigar in his mouth sitting in the corner of the dressing room: 'Well, give me my money and I'll go then, otherwise I'm not going anywhere because I signed a long-term contract.'
"I don't think it is a war that Gareth Bale is going to win.
"If I came in to contact with Gareth Bale and had to give him some advice, I would say: 'Get yourself out of there.'"
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