Over the course of the summer, Manchester United have been linked with moves to so many Real Madrid players.
From Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos, no player is safe from being linked.
Now, the Bale rumours have cropped up once again with a vengeance. This time, they come from Cadena COPE in Spain who make the boldest claims so far about United’s interest in Bale – they say a €140m bid has been rejected by Real Madrid.
Yes, you read that correctly. €140m. Given that United’s record stands at £59.7m (roughly €84m), it’s a figure which would blow the club record fee paid for Angel di Maria last summer clean out of the water.
Cadena COPE’s Manu Carreño went on to say Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez will not sell Bale at any cost.
“Florentino has made it clear that he will not sell Bale, but he has price for Ramos,” he said.
That’s one bold shout from Cadena COPE and one that will no doubt be picked up across Spain later today, so it will be interesting to see how it develops. As always, we will continue to follow the trail and find out what is said about it.
The strange thing about all the Bale rumours this summer is the fact he plays in a position where United are already stacked thanks to the arrival of Memphis Depay, unless Louis van Gaal intended to use Bale as a striker.
As for the bid itself, you’d almost want the reports to be true about Ed Woodward bidding €140m for Bale simply because of how much it would anger Real Madrid that it was even made.
What do you think: have Manchester United really bid €140m for Gareth Bale or has silly season hit new heights? Have your say in the comments.