Manchester United are preparing a fresh attempt to lure Gareth Bale from Real Madrid when the transfer window reopens in January, according to the Mirror.
The Welshman remains the top target for Louis van Gaal and his chief transfer fixer Ed Woodward is ready to get to work with rebuilding his fractious relationship with Florentino Perez at the earliest possible opportunity.
It seemed likely that the two clubs would never agree on anything ever again when the summer transfer window came to a close earlier this year.
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The fallout over David de Gea's failed move to the Spanish capital had seen both clubs take turns to hit out at one another.
But that has not deterred Woodward, who is ready to give Perez every reason to sell Bale at the season's midway point by offering him the chance to cash in on the troubled star, and make a small profit in the process.
The same report claims Bale will cost Manchester United £90million to sign; a slight increase on the £86m Real Madrid agreed to pay Tottenham in 2013. It would also be enough to make Bale the world's most expensive star for a second time.
Van Gaal has also shown a strong interest in Bayern Munich stalwarts Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski, but it is Bale who interests the Dutchman most. With Premier League experience, the 26-year-old is seen as the perfect solution to Manchester United's creative problems.
The Red Devils have scored just 15 goals in their opening 11 Premier League games. That is a worse record than a United team led by David Moyes managed two seasons ago (18 goals).