Manchester United moved to hijack transfer move

Gareth Bale

Manchester United made a world record bid of £100million in an effort to hijack Gareth Bale’s switch to Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mirror.

Reports suggest the Welshman flew back from Spain to hold talks with Manchester United, who were desperate to make the winger David Moyes’s marquee summer signing.

On Tuesday, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez confirmed Real Madrid had seen off competition from another top side for Bale’s signature, with it also being suggested United made an offer of £60million back in July.

Perez, who eventually completed the deal for a world record £86million said:

“Tottenham did not want to sell and we respected that.

“Then, when we found out that Manchester United would be making an offer, we made our own.

“Since his childhood he had the dream of playing for Real Madrid and he asked us to make it possible for him to come.”

Perez also claimed the deal for the Welshman was a ‘bargain’ for the nine time European cup winners, despite the world record fee.

He added: “Bale was cheap. The signing of Gareth Bale is the model of Real Madrid, signing the best player in the world at this moment, and that is what I say.

“All the great players of Real Madrid have been cheap. I will not say the amount, but we must not focus too much on the purchase price.”