Manchester United fans will be on an emotional roller coaster this week as they wait with bated breath to see if Ed Woodward has got an ace up his sleeve in the transfer market after all.
Will he sign a world class star or will be be forced, in desperation, to pay well over the odds for Sadio Mane in the last hour of the window?
Will it be a Fellaini or Di Maria style end to the summer market for Manchester United and Woodward?
The waiting is almost over and one name which is sure to crop up several times this week is that of Gareth Bale.
Sky Sports reports that Manchester United are still very keen to do a deal with Real Madrid for the star who isn’t getting the best treatment from Los Blancos fans right now:
Manchester United remain interested in Gareth Bale, Sky sources understand
The report states that no official bid has been made to Madrid and that neither club expects a deal to be done this summer.
But we think that if Real Madrid give any sign, over the next week, that Bale – who moved to Madrid in 2013 for a world record transfer fee – is surplus to requirements Manchester United will immediately pounce.
This, in turn, would depend on whether Real Madrid do any major business of their own in the last week of the window.
If they were to sign Marco Reus, for example, then they may decide to cash in on a player who has arguably failed to live up to expectations, despite a decent scoring return in his two seasons in Spain.
Bale would be viewed by many as precisely what this Manchester United team needs.
Louis van Gaal’s United is solid but requires more fairy dust up top and Bale would naturally fill in at the right wing position where Manchester United are currently weakest.
Bale has scored 39 goals in 93 games for Real Madrid in his two years at the club.
He has also hit 17 in 50 appearances for Wales.