Date:2nd June 2013 at 11:51am
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baleThe chances of United signing Tottenham’s Gareth Bale took another turn for the unlikely this morning with news that Real Madrid are set to smash the world record transfer fee to lure the Welsh winger to the Bernabeu.

The Times notes:

Real Madrid are ready to break the world transfer record with an audacious £85m swoop for Gareth Bale, as well as splashing out £40m on Luis Suarez. Combining the two Premier League stars with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema would then give Madrid the world’s first quarter-billion-pound forward line.

This won’t be the first time the Spanish giants have broken the world record for a transfer fee as it’s almost a perennial occurrence for Los Blancos. Not only have Madrid smashed the world’s largest fee for our very own Ronaldo, but Kaka, Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane have all earned the moniker ‘world’s most expensive player’ after a move to the Bernabeu.

There’s little doubt Madrid have the financial clout and the willingness to spend such a fee, there’s also little doubt United would balk at the idea of spending more than we received for Ronaldo on a player not in the same class.

Maybe now we can close the book on this particular rumour and focus back on Wesley Sneijder….