Manchester United are so desperate to finally sign long-term top transfer target Gareth Bale that they will table an incredible £90 million bid for the Real Madrid winger in January.
That is according to The Express, who cite Spanish sources in a confident claim that the Red Devils are prepared to smash the world transfer record if given the slightest indication that Bale would be willing to consider a sensational return to the Premier League.
Bale has been in fantastic form this season and continues to be a key part of Madrid's outrageously talented attacking mix, but his position as a darling in the Spanish capital hasn't persuaded United this stunning deal isn't possible.
United's interest in Bale goes way back
Rumours from across the continent that United want Bale are nothing new, but deserve to at least be considered because the Red Devils have proved in the last 12 months that they are prepared to spend big in search of instant success.
United also made a play for the Welsh wing wizard during a breathtaking rise to prominence at Tottenham Hotspur, but ultimately his heart was set on becoming Madrid's latest Galactico so the deal move materialised.
Madrid could easily cope without Bale
Before completely dismissing the idea of Bale moving to Old Trafford it's worth noting that Madrid have an embarrassment of riches in his favourite position, with the emergence of Isco over the last two months in particular showing Los Blancos fans they could afford to lose at least one of their playmakers if pressed.
Throw the arrival of £63 million summer signing James Rodriguez into the mix and the idea of cashing on Bale is perhaps not entirely unthinkable prospect, particularly when you consider that Madrid also sold fan favourites Mesut Ozil, Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso when they believed the time was right.
That's only me playing devil's advocate as we gear up for the latest edition of mid-season transfer madness, but in truth it would take a monumental falling out between Bale and Madrid chiefs or a formal world-record offer from United to get this deal off the ground in January.