Manchester United manager David Moyes will want a flagship signing to mark the start of his tenure.
A few reports this morning have suggested that a bid in the region of £60m for Gareth Bale is being prepared to try and tempt Tottenham into negotiations.
Going to Old Trafford would make the most sense for Bale, who has a young child who he wants to keep in the UK, whilst also allowing him to play in the Champions League. Fuelling this speculation is that Ed Woodward said the Rooney saga was not the reason that he has returned to England, but rather other transfer dealings.
However, it is looking very unlikely that the Welshman will leave, having appeared in the new kit advertisements for Tottenham and looking happy and settled in after starting pre-season with Andre Villas-Boas's team. And if he was to leave, he would not go to Manchester United, unless it was for a highly-inflated price.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has a policy of never selling to teams in the Premier League, for the obvious reason that they are competitors and he does not want to help them at all. This can be seen by Chelsea's pursuit of Luka Modric.
The only issue for Tottenham is that Manchester United unsettle the player and get him to force the move. This looks unlikely as Bale seems to be enjoying his football at White Heart Lane, and many attempts by Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane to try and do this have had no effect, it seems.
On top of this, Levy is a man who holds a grudge. Tottenham sent Dimitar Berbatov up to Manchester to have a medical with Manchester City and negotiate personal terms; however, he ended up at Carrington walking around, getting told about Manchester United's history, and eventually signing for the red half of Manchester.
Although he still got his money, this annoyed Levy. This can be seen by his handling of the transfer of Zeki Fryers, who was a Manchester United player.
In England, when a player under the age of 23 leaves a club at the end of his contract for another English club, the new club have to pay a fee to the previous club. Tottenham and Manchester United could not agree on this fee so Fryers went to Standard Liege, so United got no compensation fee.
In January, he signed for Tottenham, meaning they still got the player, but no money went to Manchester United. This is an example of the kind of lengths Levy is willing to go to - and he is a man who never lets anyone get the better of him.
So if Bale does leave, which is looking increasingly unlikely, don't expect him to go to Manchester United - unless it is for a ridiculous fee.
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