Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez has told Spanish radio El Larguero that Manchester United made a bid to sign Gareth Bale this summer.
The Welshman eventually joined Madrid in a world record transfer but he had been linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer.
Speaking to El Larguero, Perez said: “I believe that Tottenham truly did not want to sell him.
“We respected that they did not want to sell him. We found out at a certain moment that Manchester United were going to make an offer. That is when we made ours.
“The player heard about that, and since he was small he has been a Madrid fan. His dream was to play for Madrid, and when he heard we had made a good offer for him, he did everything possible to come here.”
As soon as Madrid entered the fray, United never really had much chance of signing Bale. Daniel Levy did not want to sell to a domestic rival and United would likely not have paid a world record fee for Bale either.
There had been questions as to whether United would have been able to afford Bale but the official end of year accounts showed that United had over £90 million in cash reserves at the start of the summer, so financing a move wouldn’t have been an issue and it looks like United were in the running for Bale.