Manchester United are considering a bid for Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo as Real Madrid fans turn against their star attackers, reports the Sun.
The Bernabeu outfit were plunged into full-blown crisis after Saturday's 4-0 defeat to Barcelona and Bale and Ronaldo, who made almost no impact on proceedings, have had to take the brunt of criticism.
Bale was judged to be the worst player on the pitch in a poll by Spanish newspaper Marca with Ronaldo coming in a close second. The Welshman was also criticised by journalists at AS.
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It is a similar story to one that has unfolded several times since Bale switched Tottenham for the Spanish capital in 2013. The 26-year-old has regularly been scapegoated when Real Madrid have run into problems and his poor form has only strengthened that idea further.
He has just two La Liga goals this season and, as they came in a 5-0 thrashing against Real Betis, they count for very little in the eyes of the Bernabeu faithful. But as Bale's time in Real Madrid descends further into the abyss, it only widens the eyes of Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward.
While Van Gaal admitted at the weekend that he was interested in bringing Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, Bale remains his best chance of a marquee signing.
United tried and failed to bring Neymar in last summer, but with the Brazilian looking almost certain to sign a new deal in the coming weeks, their hopes of agreeing a deal with Barcelona are all but over.
Real president Florentino Perez has been equally reluctant to sell Bale in the past, reportedly rejected a £100million bid from United last summer, but even a man of his influence is struggling to hold back the torrent of discontent from the fans.
His presidency will be up for re-election this summer and if selling Bale will appease the members, you can be certain Perez will be more than willing to take that nine-figure sum off United in 2016.