Old Trafford side to step up chase for White Hart Lane star.
Sir Alex Ferguson is willing to go to great lengths to land his number one summer transfer target with the Old Trafford boss readying an offer that could see a member of his Man United squad move to White Hart Lane.
The Scot is ready to mount a big money move to sign Welsh winger Gareth Bale but will initially make available a selection of players he is willing to offer in part exchange for the 23 year old Tottenham star.
Ferguson is ready to offer the services of Nani, Anderson and Ashley Young in his pursuit of Bale and hopes that addition of such quality performers will give Man United the upper hand if Tottenham are indeed forced into considering offers for their prized asset.
The North London side may struggle to keep hold of Bale even if they do secure a Champions League berth for next term and if they once again fail in that regard then Andre Villas-Boas may well face the prospect of having to cash-in on the former Southampton man.
Real Madrid are known to be interested in Bale and Man United boss Ferguson is keen to avoid the prospect of losing a player he has been monitoring for some time.
Sir Alex Ferguson wants to bring in a player who can provide a genuine goal-scoring threat from the flanks having seen both Luis Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young fail to offer such attributes this term, the pair failing to manage a single Premier League goal between them in a combined total of 34 top tier starts.
Bale may well be interested in the chance to follow in the footsteps of childhood favourite Ryan Giggs and Ferguson sees the Cardiff born wide-man as the ideal man to fill just such a role.
Ferguson has been guaranteed significant funds to mount a bid for Bale but would prefer if a large portion of the fee could be offset with the use of a player-exchange deal.
Gareth Bale scored another brace last night as Tottenham beat Lyon, bringing his total this season to 17, and though tied to a long term White Hart Lane contract if the youngster were to push for an exit then chairman Daniel Levy would have to consider good offers for the attacker.
Of the three players said to be available as part of any swap deal Nani may be the most attractive to Villas-Boas. The 26 year old has been handed just four Premier League starts and is heavily tipped to leave Man United this summer and the chance to move to the capital to play under his fellow Portuguese countryman may appeal to all parties.
The Man United winger has a point to prove and he could act as an ideal replacement for Bale. Similarly Ashley Young, who is yet to really make an impression since his move to the Premier League table toppers from Aston Villa, could be considered a good player to fill any potential Tottenham void.
Midfield battler Anderson could offer Villas-Boas another option and interest in the Brazilian could depend greatly on whether Tottenham are considering the future of veteran Scott Parker.
Any swap offer would also include a large cash incentive and Sir Alex Ferguson is hopeful that a combination of quality additions and a decent sum will help push Man United to the top of the queue should Gareth Bale leave Tottenham this summer.