Despite his excellent form over recent seasons with Tottenham Hotspur, many were quite perplexed that Real Madrid were willing to part with a world-record fee of £85 million to sign Gareth Bale towards the latter stages of the summer.
What is even more shocking, though, is the fact that Bale is already being linked in some quarters with a move away from the Bernabeu - just a few short months after that high-profile transfer.
Earlier this week, it was suggested that Premier League champions Manchester United - who have endured a vastly underwhelming beginning to David Moyes' reign at Old Trafford this season - could be poised to make an exorbitant offer of up to €100 million for his services during the summer.
Despite these rumours, I just cannot see such a deal coming to fruition. Here are five reasons why:
Cost is too high
Let's start with what would appear to be the most obvious reason that such a deal will ultimately not come to fruition - the price.
Although United were recently reportedly boosted recently by news of a £300m shirt sponsorship deal with sportswear giant Nike, it is still extremely difficult to imagine that they will have such a staggering sum to commit to just one player.
Bale will be reluctant to call time on 'dream' Real move
To his credit, Bale never made any secret of his desire to move to La Liga. Short of giving Spurs fans any cruel hopes over his future, he made it abundantly clear that a move to Real had been a long-term dream of his.
If playing for Real - a club he claims to have held a great affinity for since his formative years as an impressionable youngster - is really such an honour for Bale, why on earth would he be willing to give it all up so soon?
Damage to Bale's reputation
If Bale were to defy reasonable expectation and prematurely curtail his career at the Bernabeu, then the damage to his reputation would be monumental.
Whether they deserve it or not, high-profile and expensive flops are routinely the butt of footballing jokes and a player of Bale's undeniable quality will be eager to avoid having his name etched at the very top of such a list at just 24.
Real will not want to sell
Having spent that aforementioned £85 million to acquire him, why would Real even want to sell if they saw no reason to do so?
Sure, the rumoured bid from United would probably ensure that they are able to make a relatively modest profit on the Welshman. However, if there is one club across the globe who have repeatedly demonstrated a care-free attitude towards finance then it is Real.
They have no reason to sell - particularly, you would have thought - to United, who have cultivated a somewhat fractious relationship with the Spanish outfit in recent times.
United need to spread investment evenly
Let's consider, for a moment, that Moyes will indeed have considerable funds to lavish on some of the world's top talent in the near future.
Given the multitude of weaknesses that have blighted the Red Devils so far this season, surely the Scot will not be foolish enough to blow it all on one player?
United require strengthening all over the park. They badly require defensive reinforcements, lack creativity in midfield and badly need more than just one winger upgrade in order to provide greater service to their talented strike partnership.
If Moyes does have the money, he needs to spend it far more wisely.
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