Real Madrid have told Manchester United that they will have to offer David de Gea in any deal to sign Gareth Bale, reports Metro.
Citing claims from the Manchester Evening News, the report states that Real Madrid are ready to cash in on the Wales international just 18 months after signing him in a world record deal from Tottenham Hotspur. but know they hold all the bargaining chips.
Bale is tied to a long-term deal worth £300,000-a-week at the Bernabeu and the player himself has done little to suggest that he is unhappy in the Spanish capital. Meanwhile Manchester United are struggling to tie De Gea down to a new contract and time is ticking.
De Gea's current contract expires at the end of next season and the current hesitation to sign a new deal is causing concern at Old Trafford. If a deal remains unsigned by the summer Louis van Gaal will have to consider cashing in on the Spaniard.
But Real Madrid are kindly making life easy for the Red Devils. Bernabeu officials have told their United counterparts that they would be willing to sell Bale but only if the goalkeeper is included in the deal.
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There would certainly be a hefty amount of cash going towards La Liga as well with Florentino Perez eager to make back every penny of the £86 million he invested in Bale.
It would also allow Los Blancos to solve a growing concern; Iker Casillas' successor. While only 33-years-old, it is growingly apparent that Casillas is not at the same level as he was in his prime.
Heir to the throne
Carlo Ancelotti wants a long-term replacement in the squad now with Casillas expected to quit to club next summer to seek a final challenge. De Gea, as a growing presence in the Spanish national team, is an obvious choice and now is Real Madrid's best chance to sign him.
Manchester United are vulnerable and it is clear they are developing a habit of signing marquee stars. De Gea will want Champions League football and is thought to be waiting to see if a top four place is within their grasp before committing to a new deal.