Manchester United are eyeing up the possibility of making a world record bid for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale to the tune of £90 million according to reports.
The Red Devils splashed extravagantly over the summer to land six new players for the sum total of £150 million, and it seems they're willing to spend even more in the new year. Bale had a slow start to his first season in Spain following his record £82 million move from Tottenham in 2013, but finished in superb fashion, scoring in both the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals.
Record breaking deal
Manchester United executive vice president Ed Woodward insisted over the summer that they club were willing and able to shatter the transfer record if they wanted, and according to the Daily Star they could be about to do just that.
It was initially suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo was the object of their affections - and the rumours were helped by the fact that the Portuguese ace suggested he would be happy to return to Old Trafford. However his agent Jorge Mendes appeared to knock that idea on the head, and the Daily Star say Manchester United have now turned to Bale.
Top paid player
The paper say they will offer an incredible £90 million in order to lure Bale from the Bernabeu, consolidating his position as the most expensive player in the history of the game.
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According to the paper, who quote sources in Spain, Manchester United could cough up wages of £300,000-per-week which would put him on par with Wayne Rooney as the club's highest earner. As things stand the Welshman is the club's number one target as they look to get back to the top of the Premier League table and back amongst Europe's elite again.
Their next chance to do business is in the January window but any move for Bale will have to wait until the summer. Real Madrid are unlikely to sell one of their prized possessions any time soon, especially when he looks to be growing into his role at the Bernabeu.
The Red Devils take on Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.