According to daily mirror, Manchester  United boss Louis van Gaal is desperate to make a marquee signing before the transfer window closes on Tuesday. Despite rumour interest in Thomas Muller and Barcelona’s Neymar, Gareth Bale remains his No.1 target and landing him would be a huge coup.

A Huge coup indeed, I guess this is the part where Real Madrid’d President come and tell Louis Van Gaal to “leave him alone” like Barcelona President did. But then, with the pressure on Bale in real Madrid, will a last minute move to Man Utd be what he needs? Benitez seems to like Bale anyway so a lot of us dont obviously see this deal happening.

Bale is not desperate to leave Real despite his recent difficulties there, but has told friends if he returned to the Premier League, United would be his preferred destination. daily mirror

So in this new twist, United would be willing to hand Bale a long-term deal worth £300,000-a-week to make him the club’s top earner alongside captain and talisman Wayne Rooney.

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Manchester United are willing to drop their valuation of De Gea to £25m despite the Spaniard entering the final 12 months of his contract.

Chief executive Ed Woodward hopes that – plus another £65m for Bale – could persuade Real president Florentino Perez to strike a deal.