Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale
Manchester United are reportedly looking at signing Gareth Bale, after giving up on Cristiano RonaldoReuters

Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for The superstar at Real Madrid; but according to the latest transfer reports, the English Premier League side are ready to turn their attentions to the superstar in waiting, having given up hopes of luring back Cristiano Ronaldo.

Louis Van Gaal has already made a few eye-catching signings ever since taking over at Manchester United, none more so than Angel Di Maria, for a British transfer record fee of £60 million from Real Madrid, and the Dutchman is apparently ready to go for another big Real player in the shape of Gareth Bale.

Manchester United are preparing a bid of around £90 million for Bale in the next summer transfer window, according to Spanish transfer website Fichajes.

Under David Moyes, Manchester United made a run at signing Gareth Bale from Tottenham last summer, but failed to convince the Welshman, who had his heart set on a move to Madrid and linking up with Ronaldo.

Bale has been a success ever since joining Real Madrid, scoring crucial goals in the La Liga giants' two Cup victories last season, including the big one – the Champions League.

There is little doubt that Real Madrid will not be willing to let Bale go anywhere, anytime soon, having forked out a world record fee to bring him from Spurs.

Even if Manchester United area willing to top the £86 million or so Real paid Tottenham, there is little to no chance of the club sanctioning the sale.

The only way this transfer will even start is if Bale says he wants a move back to the Premier League, which, considering the manner in which he has started life in La Liga, is again unlikely.

And, while any team will be a better side with Bale in their squad, what Van Gaal needs at the moment is more reinforcements at the back and in midfield.

The likes of Arturo Vidal, Kevin Strootman, Ron Vlaar, Ilkay Gundogan, Gerard Pique and Sami Khedira, another Real Madrid player, have all been linked, and it certainly looks a safer bet that Manchester United will complete moves for some of the above than Bale.