gareth bale

Manchester United are prepared to smash the world transfer record by signing Tottenham’s Gareth Bale this summer if their move for Cristiano Ronaldo fails, according to The Sun.

Number one transfer target Ronaldo yesterday handed the Premier League champions a huge boost by denying he is about to sign a new contract at the Bernabeu, but if he does put pen to paper on a new deal, the Red Devils will instead move for the double Footballer of the Year award winner.

United’s American owners are determined that the club will remain a major European force following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and are keen to bring in a player of world class quality to help ease incoming manager David Moyes’ period of transition at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo, 28, remains United’s No 1 target and yesterday tweeted: “All the news about my renewal with Real Madrid are false.”

Bale faces an equally as uncertain future and has yet to sign a new contract at White Hart Lane in spite of his club’s best attempts.

Spurs are desperate to keep hold of the PFA Young Player and Player of the Year but would struggle to resist a world record fee for the star, which currently stands at the £80 million Madrid paid for Ronaldo in 2009.

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This article was first posted on June 14, 2013