Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed Manchester United DID make a bid for Gareth Bale. Real paid Tottenham €100 million to take Bale to Spain last month.

Perez told Cadena SER: "Bale has come cheaply. Signing the best players out there is Madrid's philosophy and Bale was the best available player on the market this summer. We had been following him for two years.

"Tottenham did not want to sell. We learned that Manchester United had made an offer and we made one ourselves."