Former England boss Fabio Capello has revealed that Manchester United launched a sensational €120 million bid for Gareth Bale.
The 24-year-old joined Real Madrid in a world record deal worth £86 million during the summer window.
However soon afterwards the transfer was completed, rumours started to circulate that Manchester United had tried to secure his services for themselves.
According to Capello, now in charge of the Russian national side, the Old Trafford based outfit did indeed try to sign the Welshman for the eye-watering fee, and praised Spurs for turning down a bigger sum in order to keep him from the clutches of their rivals.
Speaking in an interview with In an interview with Corriere della Sera, the Italian said: “There was an auction and I know that somebody offered more than Real, going as high as 120 million euros.
"I don’t think I’m revealing any secrets when I say that it was Manchester United. Compliments to Spurs, who were very clever.”
Tottenham were proactive in the summer market and spent over £100 million on seven players to bolster their squad in order to push on for a Champions League spot.
Manchester United meanwhile endured a frustrating window and missed out on a series of high-profile targets, including Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas.
They eventually sealed a deal for Everton's Marouane Fellaini worth £27.5 million.