Manchester United have been warned by Champions League holders Real Madrid that not even an offer of £230m would be enough to tempt them to sell Gareth Bale to the Red Devils.
United have been heavily linked with the Welsh wing marvel for some time, and rumours claimed they were preparing a world-record bid of £120m for his services.
But Real, according to the Spanish paper Marca, insist that even an offer of more than double that amount would not be enough, and Bale is going nowhere.
The Spanish giants have been targeting Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, possibly as a replacement for Bale. Reus has himself been the target of speculation regarding a move to Old Trafford.
United splashed the cash last summer, spending £150m, with Angel Di Maria arriving for a British record £59.7m.
But they have have to spend even more to help them claim their place back in regular title contention alongside Manchester City and Chelsea.
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