Manchester United are preparing one last record-breaking bid to try and secure the signature of Real Madrid’s Welsh winger Gareth Bale.
Reports in The Independent claim that United are willing to offer £65million, as well as Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, in an attempt to entice the Santiago Bernabeu hierarchy into parting with their prized winger.
Business to be done
Despite the impressive start to the season made by United’s new number 7, Memphis Depay, and Wayne Rooney’s recent Champions League treble, United are reportedly still in the market for both a world-class forward.
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The ex-Tottenham winger would certainly fit into that categories, with the Welshman having scored an impressive 28 goals in 59 league appearances since making the move to the Madrid outfit in 2013.
Bale at Madrid
Despite this goals return however, Bale remains a divisive figure in the Spanish capital, having failed to live up to some fans expectations after his £85m move from Tottenham.
Were United to do business with Madrid, then De Gea would almost certainly feature as part of the deal. A long-term target for the Spanish giants, United have thus far remained insistent that the player is not for sale unless Real pay £33m, despite the fact he still has only one year left on his contract.
Another potential factor in any deal for either player however could be the remaining time in this transfer window.
With so little time remaining (the window closes on September 1) both clubs will be unwilling to part with such integral players to their first team without ensuring a suitable replacement can be found.
United fans, do you think there's any hope of you landing Bale? Is it just media talk? Let us know in the comments box below.