According to the Mirror [via ESPN], United are unfazed by their frosty relationship with Real—a legacy of the failed transfer of David De Gea during the summer window—and are hoping to convince Los Merengues to sell them Bale in January.
The report reveals that United are hoping to coax Madrid into selling Bale for £90 million in January, but that if they fail with that move, they will focus their efforts on bringing the attacker to Old Trafford next summer.
The Red Devils have struggled for goals so far this season, and after 11 matches have only found the net 15 times in the top flight. Putting this into context, this is less than Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and West Ham United among others, while Manchester City and Arsenal have scored 26 and 21 goals respectively.
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Bale, who can operate in any attacking-midfield role and as a centre forward, would doubtless improve United’s attack and would likely boast the kind of quality to make van Gaal’s side genuine title contenders.