Ever since that famous night in the San Siro, when Gareth Bale made the then, thought to be, best full back in world football, Maicon, look like a novice, Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the player. Now with reports gathering that the club are set to launch a new world record bid in an attempt to land the Welsh Man, the dream of seeing Gareth Bale playing for Manchester United could yet become a reality.

Let’s not kid ourselves here, we have only just entered into the chaos of this summer’s transfer window, with every name under the sun being linked to our club, from the usual suspects of Wesley Sneijder to Nicolas Gaitan, but in the Gareth Bale rumours you can’t help but hope there is truth in them.

For years now the club have lacked a real world class winger. Yes, we have had Nani do a job on occasions, the same can be said for Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, but they just haven’t been consistently good enough.

In Bale we all know exactly what we would be getting, a genuine world class footballer who could take us on to the next level. There are few footballers out there who tick almost every box like the Welshman, even Messi’s box remains unticked when it comes to Premier League proven, while Bale has that in abundance.

With Bale arguably already in his peak years as a footballer at the age of 26, it makes a move ever more appetising. If there was ever more a perfect time to move to Manchester United, it would be now. The arrival of Jose Mourinho has brought a smile back onto the faces of the vast majority of the United faithful, the type of smile we haven’t seen since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson. You get the feeling Manchester United are heading back in the right direction and Bale will be fully aware of that.

Whether or not Bale does indeed make the switch to Old Trafford this summer remains to be seen. There can be no doubt Real will play every trick in the book in a bid to keep their star man, but if there is one club out there that can tempt Gareth Bale away from the Spanish giants, it would be Manchester United.