Manchester United have launched a fresh £92m bid in a last ditch attempt to sign Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale this summer, according to reports from Spain.
However, various reports have claimed that the Portuguese, behind the scenes, was still keen on signing Bale and urged the board to make a bid.
And according to Spanish media outlet Don Balon, Man United have tabled a £92m offer in an attempt to prize the 28-year-old away from Madrid over the next few days.
Even if reports of a late bid for Bale are true, the figure quoted is simply not enough. Just think about the current market: Madrid paid £85m for the Welshman back in 2013 and, four years on, they could realistically demand triple that amount from any interested parties.
This is, for better or worse, where we are at in terms of market forces. Ousmane Dembele, for instance, has gone from being a £15m player to a £135.5m superstar in the space of just one year following his move to Barcelona this week.
Seeing how much Mourinho needs to shell out for his next big signing – whenever that may be – will be something worth noting.