Manchester United are as eager to sign Gareth Bale as they were in the summer before David Moyes first season, two years ago.
That summer several of the club’s players joined the recruitment effort for the Real Madrid winger, who endured a difficult second season at the Bernabeu.
Publicly, the line is that Bale stays put, though the prospects of him forming part of the David De Gea to Real Madrid transaction are – if remote – not entirely out of the question.
United certainly have the financial muscle to make the package attractive enough for the Spanish club and the 25-year-old.
Real Madrid will move for David de Gea within days and believe signing him is a foregone conclusion, despite being unwilling to meet the Old Trafford club’s request for Karim Benzema as part of the deal.
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