Gareth Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett, has claimed that Manchester United have not come close to signing the Welshman at any point in the last six months.
Rumours linking Bale with a move to Old Trafford have been persistent with several sources claiming last month that the Red Devils had seen two summer bids worth £100million knocked back by Real Madrid.
Not only is club president Florentino Perez unwilling to cash in on his prized asset, but Bale himself, despite criticism from fans and pundits alike, seems determined to make a success of his dream move.
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Barnett, who helped to broker the world-record deal that took Bale from Tottenham to the Bernabeu in 2013, insists that any suggestion of the 26-year-old moving to Old Trafford was just "stupid paper talk".
Speaking at the annual Soccerex conference, Barnett said Bale never came close to leaving the Spanish capital and is perfectly happy plying his trade for Los Blancos.
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Barnett's comments are unlikely to dampen Manchester United's apparent enthusiasm when it comes to Bale. Their executive vice-chairman/self-made caricature, Ed Woodward, seems hellbent on bringing him in as a marquee signing regardless of cost.
A report from The Mail, published only three days ago, suggests that either Bale and his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo will top targets for the Red Devils next summer.
The Welsh wizard is likely to cost over £100m while an ageing Ronaldo would come with a significantly smaller transfer fee, but a huge wage bill.
Breath will not be held in this mouth.
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