GARETH BALE to Manchester United?
Now there’s a rumour we’ve heard once or twice in the past.
But, according to Spanish paper El Confidential, the Old Trafford giants are confident of signing the Real Madrid superstar for a world record fee of £94.6million.
What’s more, the same source claims Bale is keen for a return to the Premier League after three seasons in La Liga.
Unsurprisingly, Madrid president Florentino Perez is desperate to keep the Welsh wizard who arrived from Tottenham in 2013 for what is still the world record transfer fee of £85.2m.
It seems strange that Bale, who is currently at Euro 2016 with Wales – would want to leave Madrid where he is guaranteed to be chasing major honours every season and move to a United side not even in the Champions League.
He’s in the form of his life after a tricky start in the Spanish capital and his current contract runs until 2019.
Still only 26, Bale has already won Europe’s top club prize, the Champions League, twice with Madrid, as well as collecting a FIFA Club World Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and a Copa del Rey winners’ medal.
United were keen to sign Bale before he left Spurs for Spain and have been linked with him on several occasions since but nothing has eventuated.
That’s likely to remain the case this summer, but that isn’t to say it can’t happen next season.