Capello reveals United bid Bale.
Former England boss Fabio Capello says it is no secret that Manchester United bid €120 (£101m) for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale this summer.
Bale, 24, left Spurs in late August to join Real Madrid in a reported world record £85.3m deal – although, in a move aimed at appeasing the previous record holder Cristiano Ronaldo, the Spaniards have repeatedly claimed the figure was £78m.
Spurs and Real were locked in fierce and not-always-amicable negotiations throughout July and August but there were reports that a second club had entered the bidding shortly before the deal was confirmed.
Capello, now Russia manager, has revealed United were prepared to pay £15m more than Los Blancos for the Wales international.
“There was an auction and I know that somebody offered more than Real, going as high as 120 million euros,” Capello told Corriere della Sera.
“I don’t think I’m revealing any secrets when I say that it was Manchester United. Compliments to Spurs, who were very clever.”
Real president Fabio Capello has also claimed that United bid more for the Welshman but says Bale had his heart set on a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.