With the English Premiership transfer window now flung open until the end of January, Manchester United have set their eyes on the most expensive player in the history of transfer football.
According to wide British media reports, the Red Devils could use the timely sacking of immediate former Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez to lure Gareth Bale to Old Trafford.
It is understood that United are ready to splash over £75million for the speedy Welshman in a bid to boost the charges led by Dutchman Luis van Gaal who ended his eighth league game without a win on Saturday January 2 when they walloped visiting Swansea 2-1.
Bale, who joined the Spanish giants from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a record fee of £86 million has been a subject of controversy at the beginning of the season due to his dry spell of goals that later improved.
The Mirror reports that Bale who was thriving under Benitez, is disappointed in by the Spaniard exit while the Daily Mail claimed that United’s chances of persuading the ex-Tottenham man at the end of the season man have increased.
However, new manager Zidane has insisted publicly that the hitman is not for sale but United executive Ed Woodward has is keen to pull the Welshman back to the EPL.
It would be a timely boost for van Gaal whose squad is lacking a forward of Bale’s characteristics.
At the same time, the 2008 European champions are reported to be interested in signing £15million-rated Lokomotiv Moscow striker Oumar Niasse.
Nisse has plundered 12 goals and 10 assists in the Russian Premier League and United have are the latest club to join the fray comprising of Tottenham, Chelsea, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Everton for Senegal international.