Welsh flyer had his heart set on a move to the Bernabeu though.
Real Madrid wide man Gareth Bale flew back from Spain to hold talks with Premier League champions Manchester United last month before opting to sign for los Blancos instead, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The Wales international eventually agreed to join the Liga giants in a world-record deal worth a whopping £86 million, with the 24-year-old putting pen to paper on a bumper six-year contract netting Bale a staggering 300,000 euros per week at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, it has now been revealed that just before Bale agreed to his big-money move to the Spanish capital, the playmaker also held talks with the Red Devils about joining David Moyes’s side, with United even offering the Welshman’s former club, Tottenham Hotspur, £100m to secure the player’s signature.
Bale, though, had his heart set on a move to Madrid instead, and so dashing Moyes’s hopes of landing the playmaker this season, even though the north Londoners’ supremo Daniel Levy was prepared to accept the north-west club’s higher offer for his star man.
And it has also now been revealed that Moyes and Co lodged an initial bid worth£60m for Bale earlier this summer, a move that then prompted Madrid to enter into negotiations for the speedster.