Manchester United have made a £100m move for Gareth Bale, the Sun are reporting.
In fact, the newspaper are reporting that Louis van Gaal has made two such offers, with both being resisted by Real Madrid.
With news of these bids being made public it remains to be seen whether Madrid will be more open to entertaining the offers, particularly if a third one comes in.
“Gareth is a key player for us; obviously I can’t talk about offers for our players,” Rafa Benitez has already said. “He’s an important member of the squad. Madrid have a great squad already and as I’ve said before, our plan is to get the best from it.”
Meanwhile, United legends have stated their support for the potential transfer.
“Bringing Bale in would be a really good signing if it was to happen,” said Bryan Robson.
“The good thing with Bale, and this is what the manager likes, is he can play in two different positions – he can play wide coming in and also as a centre-forward.
“It will be really difficult but if the manager can add him to the squad I think he will be a happy man.”
And Gordon Hill, meanwhile, told us exclusively that he felt Bale should have been the primary target all along this summer.
“On the left hand side he would be a phenomenal signing, but what price do you pay?” Hill exclusively told RetroUnited.com yesterday. “He’s rarely injured, he’s tremendously fit, and has so much talent. When you hear of the money we are looking to pay for some players, I don’t understand why Bale hasn’t been the number one target, and why he wasn’t first choice when we brought in Di Maria in the first place.”
United have courted Bale for years with both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes lodging bids at one time or another. Will van Gaal make it third manager – and third bid – lucky?