According to Oliver Holt of the Daily Mirror, the Red Devils are prepared to almost double their previous record transfer fee for Bale, who was named the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year last season and finished third in Premier League goals behind United striker Robin van Persie and Liverpool's Luis Suarez.
Premier League champions United want Tottenham star Bale to be the first major signing of new manager David Moyes' reign [...]
Spurs are desperate not to lose Bale, last year’s Footballer of the Year, and have so far resisted United’s approach. But the Old Trafford giants are keen to put the damaging publicity surrounding the future of Wayne Rooney behind them.
They know that buying Bale - who has been linked with Real Madrid throughout the off-season - would give Moyes, his players and the United supporters a huge boost. And his arrival, as well as continued interest in Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas and at least one other high-profile signing, would soften the blow of Rooney's expected move to Chelsea.
Tottenham have rebuffed interest in Bale for the majority of the summer window from the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Chairman Dan Levy has stated that the club would not listen to any offers for the Wales international, as Metro's James Boylan reports.
Bale finished last season with 24 goals and eight assists, creating an average of 2.3 goalscoring chances per game. He was by far Tottenham's best player and would no doubt be a huge blow to the club in their bid to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season were he to leave.
Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward had returned early from United's trip to Australia to attend to urgent "transfer business," Sky Sports tweeted.
Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward leaves club's tour of Australia to carry out transfer business #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 17, 2013
With Wayne Rooney's future at the club still unclear—and his sale potentially freeing up the funds to launch a massive deal for Bale—it has made the Bale rumour more credible.
Gareth Bale: Only 27 of the 98 teams in Europe's top 5 leagues scored more goals from outside the area this season than Bale did alone (9)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 14, 2013
Manchester United's previous transfer record was £30.8 million, which they spent in 2008 to sign striker Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham Hotspur.
It should be noted that Tottenham previously demanded £85 million for Bale, and clubs like Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid were reportedly willing to match. So it wouldn't be a surprise if Manchester United were told to increase their offer.
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