The Red Devils have been no stranger to a high profile transfer pursuit that has ended in failure – take the examples of Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Ramos – and this news means it looks set to be another.
The report claims that, although Bale was upset to be benched for the trip to Turin to face Juventus on Wednesday, he is happy to stay in Madrid.
That means that if United are to sign the man valued at £63m by Transfermarkt, it will be because Madrid force the issue and place him on the market.
Bale also has a contract that runs until 2022, so there’s little chance of a cut-price deal being brokered by the powers that be at Old Trafford.
The links with Bale just feel like a way to keep United in the news and make some of their fanbase believe that they are ambitious and keen to use the transfer market to get to the top.
It has never felt that the Welshman would want to come back to England, especially to Old Trafford, and as the years roll on, the deal makes less and less sense to United.
Trying to sign a player who doesn’t want to leave his current club is something of a fool’s game because his commitment will never be 100 per cent even if you do sign him.
United found that out to their cost when they signed Angel di Maria and they would be better off focusing on more realistic, if slightly less eye-catching, targets this summer, rather than be dragged through the farce of another fruitless transfer wrangle.