Ludicrous, that's how we would describe Manchester United's supposed interest in signing Gareth Bale next summer.
We suppose you can't blame them for trying, and who knows what could happen by time next summer rolls around, but we don't see Bale calling it quits on his time in Spain after just one season in Spain.
The Metro reported over the weekend that United are 'monitoring' the Welshman's situation, who it's fair to say has not hit the ground running at Real Madrid.
Their interest has now made headlines in Spain, with one article in the Sport newspaper encapsulating the mood perfectly.
"The madness of Manchester United is called Gareth Bale."
It continues: "David Moyes and Ed Woodward meditate to strike next summer with the signing of Welsh end of Madrid, Gareth Bale, one year after landing in the Spanish capital."
"The erratic transfer policy last summer, despite the prominent inclusion of Marouane Fellaini (32 million) and the shaky start to the season, United's eighth-leading eight points, has raised much criticism directed towards Moyes and Woodward.
"They do not want more errors. And prepare, of course, the next summer move, a big name. An unprecedented move on a player in Spain still not nearly prove his worth."
This 'great plan' sounds to us like it has a real touch of the Cesc Fabregas' about it. The possibility for Manchester United to get dragged into a month long transfer pursuit in which they really have no chance of winning, during which achievable targets, like Kevin Strootman did, slip through their fingers.
One of the 40 plus comments on the article sums it up perfectly, if a little worryingly for United fans...
"I do not think this news is true, simply because the English are not stupid...."
What do you make of the rumours?
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