Manchester United are refusing to print personalised shirts with 'Bale' on the back unless supporters making the request can prove that it is their own surname, amid reports the Premier League giants are considering a mega money move for a certain Real Madrid superstar next summer.
According to the Daily Star, the Old Trafford club's megastore policy is to decline orders concerning any high profile player that has been linked with a transfer until they have officially signed, which suggests there might be something in the latest round of rumours regarding the Welsh wizard.
The Express reported earlier this week that the Red Devils might be given the opportunity to complete a sensational £90 million deal for Gareth Bale at the end of the season, following suggestions Carlo Ancelotti is growing increasingly unhappy with the 25-year-old's work-rate when his side are not in possession.
Bale's shortfall has led to Spanish winger Isco being picked ahead of him, and could result in the former Tottenham Hotspur star's spell at the Santiago Bernabeu ending after just two seasons.
Ancelotti has been impressed with the former Malaga man's industrious displays and level of commitment since coming into the Real Madrid side to replace the injured Bale, and is thinking about advising senior officials at the Spanish club to cash-in on the world-record signing.
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Louis van Gaal would be prepared to pay Bale a mouth-watering £300,000-a-week to choose Old Trafford, despite the fact the Red Devils are likely to be without Champions League football again next term, based on their level of performance during the early part of 2014/15.
Bale will almost certainly demand joining a club that participates in Europe's elite club competition, so the chances of him joining former team-mate Angel di Maria in Manchester, at this stage appears to be slim, unless Van Gaal can oversee a significant upturn in form.
Manchester United broke the British transfer record to bring the Argentina international to England in a £59.6 million deal, but will need to pay even more than that if they are to convince Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to part with a player he fought so hard to sign just over 12 months ago.