The Sun's Neil Custis reported on Friday that the club is willing to dish out an unprecedented amount of cash to land one of the marquee players. There is every reason to believe that United can get it done, too.
David Moyes has big shoes to fill in for legendary retired manager Sir Alex Ferguson, but he's certainly not shying away from making a grand first impression. According to Custis, Moyes is willing to fork over £85 million for Bale.
To begin with Ronaldo, though, his appeal is obvious since he was beloved in Old Trafford as a former member of the powerhouse organization for the beginning of his stupendous career.
Since 2009, he has been a global phenom for La Liga's Real Madrid, but had a falling out with outgoing manager Jose Mourinho, who is making a return to the EPL of his own in his second tenure as boss for Chelsea.
That provides motivation for Ronaldo to compete directly against him, while returning to the familiar grounds where fans would undoubtedly embrace his return. The only problem is, Ronaldo still has two years left on his current deal with Real.
Despite that, Ronaldo felt compelled to dispel rumors that he would renew his contract with his current club on Twitter, which has only fueled speculation that he'll return to his maiden professional club:
All the news about my renewal with Real Madrid are false.— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 13, 2013
This development bodes well for Moyes' chances to lure Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, and at least somewhat diminishes the notion that Ferguson's departure will hamper United's effort to remain a consistent world football contender.
Now to the possibility of Bale: it's extremely tantalizing, hence the hefty price Moyes is willing to pay to obtain his services.
The 23-year-old plays for Tottenham Hotspur, who finished fifth in the EPL table, yet still was able to secure a UEFA Champions League berth. By stealing Bale from a rival for a record price, it would only confirm the Red Devils' superiority and weaken an upstart league foe.
Bale is an extremely versatile winger, and his past as an effective defender would make United all the more difficult to deal with. Now he's more attack-oriented, and scored 21 goals in 33 EPL fixtures this past season, per WhoScored.com.
What makes this more intriguing is that Real is interested in Bale, and Custis implies that if the La Liga titans can land him, it would definitely signal Ronaldo's departure.