Former-Tottenham winger Gareth Bale could have been a Manchester United player and the Old Trafford club were willing to pay a sensational world-record £100m bid to secure his services.

According to Mirror Sport, the Welsh winger flew back from Spain to hold talks with United officials, who were desperate to help new boss David Moyes make a top-notch signing.

Even Real Madrid president Florentino Perez admitted publicly that another club was in high pursuit of Bale whilst negotiations over his transfer to Real were still taking place.

It's not the first time United were reported to have made an offer as the Red Devils tried to improve on their previous £60m bid to land Bale.

As Spurs were reluctant to sell and were desperately trying to keep arguably their best asset, Real were eventually forced to pay a world-record £86m for Bale.

"Tottenham did not want to sell and we respected that." said Perez.

"Then, when we found out that Manchester United would be making an offer, we made our own."

"Since his childhood he had the dream of playing for Real Madrid and he asked us to make it possible for him to come."

Perez also mentioned that Bale's transfer was a 'bargain', considering Real were signing the 'best player' in the world at this moment and that the Welshman is the type of player, the 'model', which the Spanish side are attracted to.

United supporters will surely be disappointed that Bale didn't end up at Old Trafford, as having him in the team would have increased their prospects of challenging on all fronts.

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