Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will consider selling Gareth Bale if there's any truth to the rumours Manchester United are eyeing up a world-record £120 million bid, because they believe Marco Reus can be signed as a ready-made replacement for a fraction of that eye-watering fee.
That is according to the Express, who cite sources in Spain in revealing that Perez is ultimately a pragmatist and would find it very difficult to turn down swapping Bale for Reus while also putting a £100 million in the bank for Madrid to strengthen elsewhere.
Reus is available for just £20m when the current campaign concludes, with Dortmund powerless to stop any of Europe's top clubs activating the release clause in his deal at the end of the season.
Madrid have no problem selling top stars
On paper it looks extremely unlikely that Madrid would sanction Bale's sale, with the Welsh wizard in tremendous form and very much a firm favourite with the Bernabeu faithful.
That hasn't stopped Madrid or Perez allowing top stars to leave in the past though, with Mesut Ozil, Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso all moved on in recent years despite being hugely important figures in the Spanish capital.
Reus agreement could seal the deal
Madrid even contemplating making a big profit looks largely dependent on securing the signature of Reus, who has been courted by virtually every top Premier League club plus their bitter rivals Barcelona.
United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool would all love to sign Reus, but in truth there aren't many players who turn down Madrid if they come calling with a formal offer.
The Red Devils could use that chase to their advantage though, if they're serious about smashing through the £100m-barrier in order to make Bale the star of the show at Old Trafford next year.