If you didn't know that the reports linking Louis van Gaal's big spenders to Gareth Bale were pretty far-fetched, now you should.
Guillem Balague has attempted to clear up the situation surrounding Real's Welsh winger by revealing that there is a £1 billion buy-out clause in his contract, and as far as he is concerned there is 'no truth' in the rumours linking him with a move to Old Trafford.
Bale's buy out clause is £1b. Not sure where the stories about Manchester United come from, but I understand there is no truth in it.— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) December 22, 2014
The Bale to United rumours started cropping up again last week, and they've continued into this week with The Independent quoting a Sunday Express report this morning which claimed the ex-Spurs man has opened the door to a £90 million switch to the Red Devils.
What may be true from the report is that United hold an interest in Bale; they have been interested in the past and after all he's one of the best players in the world who would be attractive to all of Europe's richest clubs if he became available.
It's just difficult to see Bale wanting to leave Real, who are arguably the best team on the planet at present, to join a disjointed, unbalanced and work-in-progress United squad, so Balague probably has this one spot on.