Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that he failed in his pursuit of Gareth Bale back when the Welshman was 17 but he never let on that he had known about Bale from before he was even in Southampton’s academy.
United’s scouting network has always been one of the best in the country with the likes of Giggs, Scholes and Beckham all examples of players brought to the club at a young age but Ferguson missed a trick with Bale given that he met him so young.
The Independent suggests that United are ready to enter the race to sign Bale after Tottenham are reportedly getting frustrated with Real Madrid’s negotiation process but dealing with Daniel Levy is like drawing blood from a stone. There was a drawn out process when we signed Michael Carrick (2006) and Dimitar Berbatov (2008), so United could expect much of the same if we were to approach Spurs about Bale.
If Rooney is to leave, United will want to sign a marquee replacement and the board will want a big signing for commercial reasons too. Bale would be the perfect signing but with a ludicrous world record fee being touted, it is a move that could prove too expensive.