What is it with Manchester United trying to sign Real Madrid's players?
The Red Devils captured Angel Di Maria for £59.7 million in 2014, with the Argentine winger later going down as one of the Premier League's most expensive ever flops.
Since then, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos have all been linked with moves to the Theatre of Dreams.
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As we know, no such interest materialised.
United certainly can't be criticised for trying because, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, they've tried to sign one of Madrid's players every year since 2013: Gareth Bale.
Writing for AS, he said: "Manchester United have called Bale every summer since he left Tottenham to try and convince him that the best league for him is in England.
"But he never doubted that what he wanted to do was to improve at Madrid, win space and territory in the team, and above all, triumph."
Bale recently put pen to paper on a new six-year deal at the Bernabeu, where he will earn a mind-blowing £600,000-per-week (£350,000 after tax).
"It's been almost two weeks since Bale signed his new contract with Real Madrid," Balague added. "The negotiations began back in February, and they weren't complicated, just long.
"The player can feel the sensation of having got everything he wanted, including the possibility of spending the most important years of his career with what is considered one of the best clubs in the world."
Another phone call can be expected in 2017 given Jose Mourinho is a huge fan of Bale.
Ahead of the Welshman's world-record move to Madrid in 2013, United's manager described him as "fantastic" and predicted he would be worth every penny of the fee in question.
"He is fantastic," he said, per Manchester Evening News. "He has this quality that has made the difference when the team was not able to make the difference.
"This is what makes the value of the player very high. This guy wins matches.
"He has an unbelievable shot, an unbelievable action, goals in the last minute, goals when it looks like they are going to draw and they win, goals when it looks like they are going to lose and they draw.
"So when I listen and read some numbers I think this kid will be worth every pound people are speaking about.
"I understand the club ask an incredible amount of money for him because the kid is fantastic."
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