Manchester United had been linked all summer long with making tentative - and potentially world record - approaches for Gareth Bale.
It was always likely Tottenham would not sell to another Premier League club, but Real Madrid instead, making the rumours seem improbable, with it claimed at one stage they were fed to the media by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to put pressure on the Spaniards.
David Moyes did not alleviate the situation either by refusing to deny an approach when quizzed directly on it.
Madrid paid £85 million for Bale's signature, clinched 24 hours before deadline day, with the Welshman scoring on his debut.
Shortly prior to Saturday night's game, Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti revealed that Bale had received a 'better offer' from another club - but plumped for Real instead.
That sent the rumour mill spinning that the mystery club was Manchester United, with both The Express and The Metro repeating French newspaper L'Equipe's claims that it was the Red Devils who topped Real's offer.
This has now in turn been denied by Spanish newspaper Marca, often referred to as Real Madrid's newspaper, who assert that the unwelcome approach was from PSG instead.
They claim to know this because it was knowledge relayed from Carlo Ancelotti himself, who was manager of PSG until early July.
The paper reports: "The Italian knows full well who submitted the bid, as it was his former club, PSG, which was willing to stump up €100 million for the Cardiff-born forward."
Daniel Levy was said to have reluctantly turned down the offer, with Bale unwilling to move to Paris and expressing a desire to move to Madrid instead. How he felt about relocating to Manchester, it's likely we will never know.
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