Playmaker eventually moved to the Bernabeu instead for £85m.
Premier League champions Manchester United bid a whopping £100 million for Tottenham Hotspur wide man Gareth Bale last summer before the Welshman decided to move to Spanish giants Real Madrid instead, according to former England head coach Fabio Capello in the Daily Express.
The future of the in-demand winger dominated the close-season transfer window, before Bale finally moved to the Santiago Bernabeu on a bumper six-year deal worth 300,000 euros per week for a world-record transfer fee of £85m.
However, that much-publicised move appeared to hit a stumbling block as transfer deadline day approached, with Madrid president Florentino Perez having subsequently claimed that a rival bidder had entered the negotiations late on in proceedings to muddy the picture.
And now according to the one-time AC Milan, Real Madrid, AS Roma and Juventus manager, that team was the Red Devils.
“Bale? There was an auction,” Capello told Italian sports daily Corrierre della Sera.
“I know that someone offered more than Real, going as high as €120m (£100m).
“I don’t think I’m revealing any secrets when I say that it was Manchester United.
“Compliments to Spurs, who were very clever.”
Bale has since gone on to play in just four matches in total in all competitions for los Blancos since moving to the Spanish capital last month, scoring only the one goal in the process, which came on his full debut in La Liga against Villarreal.