Manchester United will not make another Gareth Bale bid
Manchester United will not make another Gareth Bale bid after Real Madrid rejected their £120million offer for him, Football Insider sources understand.
United have abandoned their pursuit of the 26-year-old after being informed that the Spanish giants have no intention of cashing in on their record signing this summer.
The Premier League club have now turned their attention to recruiting a new attacking player in addition to Old Trafford-bound Pedro as well as a possible centre-back signing.
Football Insider has learned that United made the astonishing £120million bid for Bale earlier in the transfer window after Louis van Gaal identified him as a player who could electrify Old Trafford.
But Real do not want to sell the Wales international even though the offer is £34million more than the sum that smashed the world transfer record when he was bought from Tottenham two years ago.
Furthermore, Bale does not intend to push for a transfer as he looks ahead to his third season at the Bernabeu.
Van Gaal wants another elite forward to work in tandem with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay and Pedro, who is will join from Barcelona for a fee of £22million.
Real signed Bale for £86million in the summer of 2013 and he responded with an outstanding debut season in the capital, culminating in him scoring in the Champions League final.
Bale’s second campaign was less successful and his form came under huge scrutiny from both supporters and the Spanish media in the final months of 2014-15.
But the Welshman wants to remain at the Bernabeu and prove himself at arguably Europe’s most demanding club.
The attacking midfielder has four years remaining on the six-year contract he signed in 2013 and Real continue to regard the 26-year-old as a key figure in their plans.