Manchester United hope to sign Gareth Bale in January

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Manchester United could pay a world-record £90 million fee for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Shock reports on Friday emerged claiming that the Red Devils were lining up a stunning deal for the world-class Wales international, and the Metro add today that the transfer could - if Louis van Gaal gets his way - go through as early as January.

The report adds that the fee involved would be around £4 million more than the £86 million Real Madrid paid Tottenham to sign the powerful winger in the summer of 2013. He would become the second player in football history to break the world transfer record twice after the iconic Diego Maradona.

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Cristiano Ronaldo too old and expensive

Manchester United appear to have turned their attention to the former Premier League superstar after coming to the conclusion that club legend Cristiano Ronaldo was too old to justify shelling out a £60 million transfer fee and £20 million-a-year in wages.

Would Real Madrid sell Bale?

But the 20-time Premier League champions have a tough job convincing Los Blancos to sell the player widely considered as Ronaldo’s successor.

Bale scored a magnificent 22 goals in 44 appearances in his debut season at the Bernabeu and, more importantly, played a key role in helping the Spanish giants land their tenth European Cup back in May.

Manchester United were keen to sign Bale before the left England for Real Madrid, but the player had his heart set on a move to the Spanish capital.

Could he be persuaded to join the Red Devils in January? Have your say in the comments section below.

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