Manchester United could emerge as the frontrunners to sign Gareth Bale after Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti reportedly informed club president Florentino Perez that the Tottenham winger is not integral to his plans.
Real Madrid appeared to be closing in on a world record deal for Bale but, claims The Telegraph, the interest of the Spanish giants is waning after Ancelotti's assertion that the player is not needed at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Perez was alleged to have denied meeting with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy in Florida last week to discuss a potential deal for Bale, and Madrid appear to be manouvering themselves away from a proposed transfer.
The possible removal of Real Madrid from the running to sign Bale could reportedly prompt Manchester United to formalise their interest in the Wales international, as David Moyes strives desperately to make reinforcements before the transfer deadline.
Moyes is reported to have identified Bale as a potential acquisition following the failure to secure a deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, but an official offer for the former is very much in the early stages.
Manchester United are reported to be unsure if a formal approach should be made with Spurs reluctant to sell and the Bale camp yet to provide any indication that he would consider signing for the Premier League champions.
The 24-year-old had been keen on a transfer to Real Madrid, although it now appears the Wales international will either move to Old Trafford or stay at White Hart Lane.