Manchester United were surprisingly linked with signing Gareth Bale earlier this week.
It was a rumour which appeared to be without foundation, given Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy's point blank refusal to strengthen a Premier League rival last summer when United approached them regarding Luka Modric.
Relations between the two clubs soured further over Ezekiel Fryers earlier this year, with United angry Spurs had found a way to sign the defender without a need for a tribunal, expected months earlier.
So the United-Bale link was certainly bemusing, but Spanish newspaper Marca have their own theory.
They claim none other than Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is behind the rumours.
The aim, they write, was to apply pressure on Real Madrid to up their offer - with Marca claiming Levy is keen to complete a deal if it approaches the £100 million mark.
Marca's report states: "This 'interest' from United looks likely to be nothing more than the latest bargaining ploy employed by the Spurs chairman in an attempt to make Florentino Pérez pay through the nose.
"Real Madrid, though, is refusing taking the bait, having grown used to such tactics from Levy and co. Earlier in the summer, the North London outfit briefed the press about a supposed €98.5 million offer from PSG for the Welshman. This turned out to be pure and utter fabrication."
It's certainly an interesting theory, but to believe it would suggest that Tottenham want to sell, when they have so far publicly stated the opposite.
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