Louis van Gaal has not given up hope of luring Gareth Bale to Manchester United before the close of the transfer window.
The Real Madrid superstar is set to be handed a more central role under new manager Rafa Benitez who has publicly insisted he's not for sale, although he couldn't find the back of the net as Madrid struggled to a 0-0 draw against Sporting Gijon in their first game of the season yesterday.
Despite Madrid's reluctance to sell, Manchester United are still pressing ahead with their interest according to the Daily Mail, and will launch a raid before the window closes.
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The Mail add that Madrid have informed the Red Devils that Bale, who is currently the most expensive player in the world following his £83 million move from Tottenham in 2013, is not available at any price.
It has been suggested that Manchester United would be willing to break the world record for the Welshman, although it remains to be seen whether Madrid's stance has put them off from doing just that.
Van Gaal and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward have not given up hope of landing a marquee signing before the close of the window, even if it isn't Bale. Thomas Muller has been suggested as a potential option while more recently Barcelona's Neymar has emerged as a target.
Neither of those deals seem likely to happen before the window shuts, and Manchester United are in danger of missing out on a top-level player, weeks after Van Gaal admitted his side needed to add more 'creative' players.
The Dutch boss may also come to regret his decision not to sign Pedro, who signed for Chelsea before scoring on his debut against West Brom yesterday.