Manchester United have still not ended their pursuit of signing Real Madrid star Gareth Bale in the ongoing summer transfer window. The Wales international has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal is keen on securing the services of the forward.
The 26-year-old made a switch to the Spanish capital club from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 and had an impressive debut season. However, a dip in form in the second season has seen him being subjected to heavy criticism by a large section of Real supporters.
According to ESPN, the Premier League giants will make a final big attempt in luring him to join United before the window shuts on 1 September. Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett told IBTimes UK on 4 August that his client was happy with the La Liga outfit and is not looking for a move.
The Dutchman was interested in signing Sergio Ramos from Real. However, the central defender ended the speculation surrounding his future by signing a new contract. The 10-time European champions are looking to seal a deal with United for their goalkeeper David de Gea.
The stopper has one year left on his contract and has his heart set to return to Madrid. With Ramos snubbing a chance to move to England, United have further strengthened their stance that they will only allow the former Atletico Madrid man to join them if they get a player in exchange.
Real want to bring De Gea to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer transfer window and United are aware of the European giants' desire to sign him. He has not featured for the English side in the 2015/16 season as Van Gaal has started summer signing Sergio Romero in all five matches.
The Red Devils' last ditch attempt to sign Bale could also allow them to end De Gea's situation at the same time. The Old Trafford club remain confident they can use the 'keeper as the bargaining chip in convincing Real to part ways with the former Tottenham star.
United want to complete a signing of a marquee player before the window closes on 1 September. Bale would be an ideal option, as the former Barcelona manager has already admitted he wants to sign a player with "speed and creativity".