On one side of Ed Woodward's bedroom wall, a poster of Cristiano Ronaldo is pinned.
Bale will be a quality addition to the United squad, as his pace and technical abilities will be of great asset to the team and in particular, Romelu Lukaku. This has now made the Brazilian striker the most expensive player in history.
Both teams had new managers - with Real Madrid having signed Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager from Paris Saint-Germain while Barcelona had hired Tata Martino that summer. Is he worth the price tag they are putting on him?
Almost every summer for the past four years, the Old Trafford side have registered an interest in Bale, and every time their interest has been refuted.
Real Madrid bought the 23-year-old Colombian after he shot to stardom by scoring six goals en route to the Golden Boot award at the 2014 World Cup. And the ones who are might not be available on the market at the moment.
More importantly, manager Zinedine Zidane does not want to have four attacking forwards, when there is only space for three. Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves.
"Real Madrid are willing to do business over the Wales superstar in order to fund a move for Kylian Mbappe". It allows Ronaldo to play as a central striker alongside Karim Benzema, utilising Marcelo and Dani Carvajal as flying full backs.
Jose Mourinho confirmed last month that Man United wouldn't move for the Welshman, expressing a reluctance to expend time and energy on a transfer unlikely to happen.
'For me, it will be the most difficult season of my career.
Zidane reportedly first explained his stance to Madrid president Florentino Perez at their first meeting to discuss the new season before the Champions League final in Cardiff in June.
Chelsea, aware of Welshman's skills, and with Diego Costa set to leave Chelsea soon, Bale's inclusion could make perfect sense for the Blues as well. Fabinho and Thomas Lemar also have been linked to leaving the club and the French club need to be careful and bring in sufficient replacements or else they will be in a sharp decline this season after a very strong season last year claiming the Ligue 1 title and going deep into the Champions League. We've got a few different options that we can play. David De Gea has stayed for another season, which is a huge boost.
The Real Madrid winger has been seemingly forever on the transfer list, but the rumours are even more real now. Bale would be a blockbuster alternative who would offer so much more.
The ex-Spurs forward was initially unwilling to move away from the Spanish capital after renewing his contract last year to 2022, recently affirming his long-term desires to continually find success with Madrid.