Tottenham may be likely to be more receptive to a bid from the English champions, having become increasingly frustrated in negotiations with the La Liga giants.
United have been linked with the Welshman in some quarters this summer, with new manager David Moyes reportedly hunting for a stellar summer signing before the close of the transfer window in three weeks.
Although they are yet to make an official offer, they have been encouraged by the fact Real have yet to sign a deal despite weeks of negotiations, with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy questioning whether the Spaniards do in fact have the funds available to complete what would be a world record deal.
United have a desire to invest in a marquee signing to kick off the David Moyes era, and assure supporters who have become concerned by the clubs lack of summer signings, that they still mean business.
It has been a strange summer for United as they have spent the majority simply trying to hold onto one of their star men in the form of forward Wayne Rooney, without bringing in a single reinforcement who is ready for first team action.
While the odds are stacked against United to deliver such a signing, any potential deal that would see Mexican forward Javier Hernandez move in the opposite direction may be of more interest to Tottenham.
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