Real Madrid are so determined to keep Gareth Bale in the face of interest from Manchester United, they’re willing to turn down an offer of €300m for the Wales international.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Madrid are not interested at all in selling the former-Tottenham winger, who was signed at a cost of €90m in the summer of 2013.
Manchester United were linked with the Welshman then, but missed out as he moved to Spain instead. He’s been brilliant at the Bernabeu, helping the club to win the Champions League - a record 10th for the Spanish giants - in his first season.
He has 11 goals and five assists so far this season, and was part of Real Madrid’s Club World Cup winning side earlier this month.
Manchester United signed Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for a British record £60m over the summer, but Louis van Gaal has the backing of the club’s American owners and is expected to spend big in January and next summer again.
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Bale would require a really massive investment though, and while United could conceivably afford Bale it’s unlikely they would spend anywhere near that amount.
As a result, in the short term Bale is likely to stay at the Bernabeu for the next few years, with a move back to England potentially on the horizon further down the line.
Should he return, United would certainly be the favourites to land him.