While the Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are trying not to read all too much into their loss to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, few would underestimate the gap in quality between the clubs.
Indeed, while two powerhouses of European football were constantly on a level playing field and cited as the biggest clubs in the world, the Red Devils’ recent failings on the pitch have seen them fall well behind Los Blancos.
So, in need of some star quality, reports from the Sun have gone down well amongst our United-mad punters.
They claim Jose Mourinho has urged top brass at Old Trafford to offer £100m for Real superstar Gareth Bale, who has been touted as a potential target for what seems like years. While the Welshman recently revealed he was happy to stay in the Spanish capital, Mourinho is reportedly of the thinking that an agreement COULD be reached.
The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ is said to believe a £500k-p/w contract offer could be enough to bring the former Tottenham Hotspur man back to England, four years after he left in a record deal at the time.
Though our resident Red Devils have learned to take reports linking them with Bale with a pinch of salt, which is reflected by the odds on betting sites, the mere idea of seeing him arrive at the Theatre of Dreams has them dreaming of a Premier League title.
Surely there is no chance of landing Bale. Perhaps a move could be more realistic an option next summer should the Champions League-holders land a certain Kylian Mbappe, though the recent comments from the Wales star would suggest he has little intention of leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.