But surely the happiest person were this deal to transpire would be Louis van Gaal who might see Bale as the missing piece of his Premier League title jigsaw.
It's has been suggested that Van Gaal will once again be allowed to spend in the region of £150 million during the transfer period, rather this time it will be to consolidate and improve rather than completely overhaul.
A sizeable chunk of this kitty could be used to bring Bale back to the Premie League which gives both the Glazers and new sponsors Adidas a hugely marketable figure which they will both crave.
Manchester United's current crop of Galacticos has finally began to fire on all cylinders but with the addition of Bale they would have that player once more that that can provide that spark of pure genius that can change a tight game.
In the same way that Ronaldo terrorised Premier League defences in the famous red shirt so too could Bale, a current teammate of the former Old Trafford superstar.
Angel di Maria was brought in to do just that but has struggled apart from brief moments earlier in the season. 10 assists means statistics can tell a different story but he was brought in to excite in equal measure and this is where Bale excels.
Bale has endured a rough ride from Madrid supporters this season and that will offer hope that a deal could be done if United were to make an approach. And even though Florentino Perez says they won't sell, there will be surely plenty of legs left in this story over the coming months.
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