Manchester United are willing to smash their record transfer fee by spending £60million on Gareth Bale, according to The Mirror.
The Tottenham star has been heavily touted as one of David Moyes’ first Man United signings, however Spurs have so far stood firm against interest in the Welshman.
United’s chief executive Ed Woodward returned from the club’s tour of the Far East and Australia yesterday, and his departure is thought to be due to a deal concerning Bale.
Supposedly, signing Bale is seen as a way of softening the blow of losing Wayne Rooney, who appears destined to leave Old Trafford.
So far this summer, United’s transfer activity has been minimal, however sources close to the club are reporting that is about to change.
Cesc Fabregas and Marouane Fellaini have been continually linked with the Red Devils, while speculation continues surrounding the possible return of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bale is said to be first on United’s list though, and they are willing to almost double the £30.8million they paid to Spurs for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.
Although Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is notoriously difficult to finalise a transfer with, United are prepared to give David Moyes whatever is necessary to continue the legacy left by Sir Alex Ferguson.
They also recognise that neighbours Manchester City have already made a number of high-profile signings, including Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, with Alvaro Negredo all but a done deal.
Bale already boasts Premier League experience however, and would be a mainstay in United’s side.
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