MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly ready to pay a world-record £90million to sign Gareth Bale – despite the player insisting he is happy at Real Madrid.
According to The Times, United are determined to get their man as manager Louis van Gaal seeks to spend his way out of their rut.
Van Gaal is under pressure not only to get results but also provide entertaining football as fans at Old Trafford become restless with his team’s style of play.
On Saturday they won a second game on the bounce when beating Sheffield United 1-0 in the FA Cup third round thanks to Wayne Rooney’s penalty in stoppage time.
Dutchman Van Gaal has already insisted he needs added flare in his attacking unit and Bale, it seems, is top of his January shopping list.
According to the report, Bale is unhappy with life in Spain and is seeking a move back to the Premier League.
Real sacked manager Rafael Benitez last week after falling behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the race for the Spanish title.
Bale is said to want a move away from the Bernabeu, despite the player explaining on Saturday that he is comfortable at the club.
“I had a very good relationship with Rafa [Benitez], obviously it was a big disappointment to see him go, but things like this happen in football, you’re professional and you get on with it and carry on,” Bale said.
“I’m happy at the moment. Obviously you can never predict what happens in the future, but I’m enjoying my football at the moment so I’ll keep going.”