Bale eventually joined Real for a world-record fee of £85m but it seems that United were willing to offer significantly more than that.
The former England boss told Corrierre della Sera: "Bale? There was an auction.
"I know that someone offered more than Real, going as high as €120m (£100m).
"I don't think I'm revealing any secrets when I say that it was Manchester United.
"Compliments to Spurs, who were very clever."
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