Real Madrid would rather sell Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United than Welsh wizard Gareth Bale, reports the Daily Mail.
Citing reports in Spain, it has been claimed that the Spanish giants see Bale as the man to eventually replace Ronaldo at the Bernabeu, meaning they could yet allow their talisman to depart the club in the next transfer window.
Ronaldo, who is now 30-years-old, left Old Trafford in the summer of 2009 for a then world record fee of £80 million, however it now appears that he could yet return to English soil before the end of his career.
Van Gaal wants him
Red Devils chief Louis van Gaal has previously admitted that he would be willing to sign Ronaldo if he became available, but admitted that it would be extremely difficult to bring him back to the club.
It appears, though, that there could still be hope for the United fans dreaming of an emotional return for their former No.7.
In fact, with the same report from the Mail suggesting that the Red Devils are in the race to bring Bale back to England, it appears that the club would benefit more by investing their time into a potential swoop for the current World Player of the Year.
Things certainly haven't been going to plan for Ronaldo in Spain's elite division of late, with the player having been involved in a number of controversial issues. This past weekend, as his teammate Bale found the back of the net, the Portugal man failed to celebrate, bemoaning his own misfortune as he saw his initial shot saved.
And it was only last week, after Real's 4-3 loss to German outfit Schalke in the Champions League, that the former Red Devil insisted that he wouldn't talk to the press for the remainder of the season.
Van Gaal should go for it
There's no doubt about it, if Manchester United really want to get back to the summit of England's elite division in the near future, then they should press ahead with a move for their hero.
At the end of the day, despite his struggles in Spain this term, he's still found the back of the net on 30 occasions in the league alone.
He may well be 30-years of age, but he's still the leading forward in world football, and has a number of years at the top ahead of him yet. Van Gaal should make his move; this summer may prove United's last chance of being reunited with the superstar.
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