Manchester United want to bring at least one of Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale to Old Trafford this summer, with the Manchester Evening News revealing that they would cost the club over £200 million if they both arrived on English soil before the start of next season.
The duo, who are currently plying their trade at Spanish giants Real Madrid, have endured a tricky time under Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu of late, and it now appears that Red Devils chief Louis van Gaal is prepared to swoop for either of them in the upcoming transfer window.
Ronaldo, who left the Theatre of Dreams for a then world record fee of £80 million in the summer of 2009, was even accused of telling Real fans to 'f*** themselves' during the side's 2-0 victory over Levante in La Liga this past weekend.
Bale, on the other hand, has also endured problems in the Spanish capital of late. Before his brace against Levante this past weekend, the ex-Spurs man was the subject of criticism by the club's faithful after going eight games without a goal.
In fact, the Welshman has faced booing from the Bernabeu faithful, with the same report from the Manchester Evening News claiming that he is open to a return to England's elite division.
Of course, United supporters will be dreaming that the club can land both of the Real superstars this summer, but they will no doubt be overjoyed if just one of them arrives through the Old Trafford gates in the near future.
After the club signed Angel di Maria from Madrid last summer, it appears that an even bigger transfer could soon be on the horizon between the two clubs.
It should be Bale, but has to be Ronaldo
Let's be honest, Manchester United probably should target Welshman Gareth Bale in the next window: he's younger than Ronaldo and has the potential to become one of the leading players in world football.
But, the prospect of Ronaldo returning to The Theatre of Dreams may well be one that is too hard to resist for the United hierarchy. It would prove an emotional reunion; one that Manchester United fans have dreamed of for so long.
And at 30-years of age, the versatile forward has a good few years left at the highest level just yet. He's currently the world's best player and would only benefit the Red Devils in their search of securing a place among the best sides in Europe once again.
Manchester United fans: Would you rather Ronaldo or Bale at your club this summer? Have your say in the comments section below!
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