Man Utd offered Spurs £100m for Gareth Bale
Manchester United DID make a bid for Gareth Bale before he completed his move to Real Madrid, according to the Spanish side’s president Florentino Perez.
Perez says the Premier League champions made a late swoop for the Welshman, and outbid Real with a £100m offer.
Bale flew back from Spain to hold talks with United before deciding that a move to the Bernabeu was his preferred option. That forced Spurs to accept the lower fee of £86m, but at least meant they would not have to face Bale in the league this season.
Perez said: “Tottenham did not want to sell and we respected that.
“Then, when we found out that Manchester United would be making an offer, we made our own.
“Since his childhood he had the dream of playing for Real Madrid and he asked us to make it possible for him to come.”
United boss David Moyes refused to comment on the suggestions that he had bid for Bale.
He said: “We only talk about the players we think there is a reason to talk about and I wouldn’t comment on that.”
But the suggestions that Bale did receive an offer from United have been backed up by his agent Jonathan Barnett.
He told Spanish TV: “The Spanish press didn’t understand why Tottenham weren’t agreeing to the money, but if Tottenham needed money the deal would have been done the first day.
“Moreover, there was a club that offered more money than Real Madrid. A lot more money.”