Manchester United are reportedly plotting a sensational £90 million approach for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, but their chances of luring him don't seem good.
United have rallied under Louis van Gaal, but the Red Devils are still looking for reinforcements as they try and regain their place at European football's top table.
According to reports from the Daily Star, United still want to add Welsh international Bale to their ranks having been strongly linked with him before he moved to Real, but the Premier League side know he will be a tough target.
It is suggested that the Old Trafford outfit are willing to lay down nearly £100 million in an attempt to persuade Real to relinquish their grip on the ex-Tottenham man.
The paper claims that Real could snap up Chelsea's Eden Hazard, which may compromise Bale's status at the Bernabeu, but that seems somewhat far-fetched.
And Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Graham Hunter has poured cold water on such talk, insisting that Bale is happy and settled in Madrid and would veto any move even if Real were willing to accept the offer.
"Manchester United have the budget, they tried to sign him, he turned them down when joining Real Madrid. It will not happen unless he goes to Real Madrid and says: 'Me and my family are not happy here'," Hunter is quoted as saying by the Mirror.
It seems highly unlikely that we will be watching Bale in a Manchester United shirt any time soon.