Tottenham star Gareth Bale, who is expected to sign for Real Madrid, would be the ideal replacement for veteran Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs, according to former Wales international Barry Horne.
Bale's future has been the speculation of intense speculation for the duration of the transfer window, and Real Madrid are finally reported to be closing on a world record £86 million deal for the 24-year-old.
Tottenham, however, are reportedly not only considering an offer from Real Madrid but also one from Manchester United, as David Moyes strives to make a signing of some repute before the close of the transfer window.
Manchester United have signed only young Uruguayan Guillermo Varela so far this summer, but Bale may yet become the marquee signing the club's manager and fans so crave.
The Wales international would be the ideal acquisition, says Horne, who sees Bale as the perfect successor to Giggs, who may decide to call an end to his illustrious Old Trafford career at the end of the season.
"Man United have got fortunes to spend and there was talk that the second club involved [bidding for Bale] wasn't Chelsea, it was Man United," Horne told BBC Radio Wales Sport.
"That would make sense: one fantastic, left-footed, talisman genius is close to retirement so you replace him with another - makes perfect sense.
"It wouldn't cost United £86m because... at this point in the game Spurs are a little bit exposed to the tune of £55-60m [with the new players bought].
"The only thing that I can think of is that there are subsequent deals in the offing... it's not difficult to understand that [Wayne] Rooney, [Luis] Suarez, [Juan] Mata could all be linked - and even the top man himself, [Cristiano] Ronaldo."
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