Real Madrid outflanked Man Utd by offering Gareth Bale £16.9m if they DIDN’T try to sign him

Posted by - September 4, 2013 - Manchester United, Spain, Tottenham, Transfer News and Gossip

Real Madrid reportedly put themselves in the box-seat to sign Gareth Bale from Spurs three months ago by offering him a payment of £16.9m if they DIDN’T bid for him.

According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, Real wanted to prove how badly they wanted the Wales international. So they promised him the bumper payment if they didn’t follow up their interest with a firm bid to Spurs.

Bale and his agent were keen to secure Champions League football for the new season, with Manchester United the other main candidates for his signature.

Aware that Bale would be a target for other clubs, the Spanish giants sought to stave off the Premier League champions by proving to Bale that he didn’t need to look elsewhere.

Balague claims the £16.9m was offered as an indication that a bid would be made and that the 24-year-old would get his preferred move to the Bernabeu.

  • Mr.Chainsaw182

    What Real Madrid and Barcelona both get away with when it comes to transfers is beyond a joke sometimes. If that’s not tapping up a player contracted to another club I don’t know what is. Them two clubs feel they have a god given right to any player they wish and Fifa just let them get away with it.

  • Felderkirk

    If Man Utd were genuinely interested in signing Gareth Bale, then I’ll continue to visit this site daily.

  • glenn

    Very well put. How do they get away with this blatant abuse. They should be made to realise all teams should abide by the same rules.
    Fifa, Eufa are both a joke.