Three transfer sagas which in the end bored the hell out of us with their constant speculation and inevitable predictability.
2013 seems to be the year of Gareth Bale and Neymar, the former constantly linked with a move to Los Blancos and the latter to La Blaugrana.
In the English press, former Madrid owner Ramon Calderon told The Sun that the $90 million asking price would not act as a deterrent: "It’s true we have spent a lot of money in the last three or four years but I think we are in a position to pay the money they are going to ask for."
The Mail, The Mirror, The Guardian and The Star all repeatedly run stories on Real's interest in the Welshman, too. Meanwhile, in Spain, only recent Clasicos have lessened the column inches Marca have been designating to Bale.
Some of the speculation, such as this article in the Daily Mail, suggests that Bale would be the heir to Ronaldo's throne. If he isn't, and if they are both to play together, how would he fit into Mourinho's current lineup?