Manchester United have ended their interest in signing Gareth Bale and are now ready to pay £77 million to bring Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford.
That's according to The Express, who say that the Real Madrid superstar is no longer top of Louis van Gaal's shopping list, now that he's identified the highly-rated France international as the marquee acquisition to add to his Red Devils squad in 2015.
Recent reports had suggested that Manchester United were preparing a £100 million bid to bring Bale back to the Premier League, but the Welsh winger has since quashed speculation after confirming he is happy at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Now it is Pogba that is Van Gaal's number one priority at the end of the season, though the Dutchman could face competition for the 21-year-old's signature from domestic rivals Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.
Of course, Pogba actually came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford before leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer of 2012, and he's gone on to establish himself as one of the best midfielders on the planet over the past two-and-a-half years in Turin.
The proposed £77 million outlay that Manchester United have set aside to bring the box-to-box Frenchman back to the Theatre of Dreams might seem like a huge waste of money considering the fact he was already on the books just a couple of seasons ago.
But, another way of looking at it is the £23 million saving they'll be making on the alleged £100 million bid Van Gaal was planning for Bale, freeing up more funds for the former Holland boss to invest in other areas of his squad this year.
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