Gareth Bale will be sold to Manchester United if Real Madrid can finalise a deal for Marco Reus.
That's according to the Daily Express, who claim that Reus remains Carlo Ancelotti's number one transfer target. And the Real Madrid boss hopes to bag Reus and a massive profit by replacing Bale with the Germany international. Manchester United are the frontrunners should Bale become available.
Real Madrid have reportedly sold Reus on a move to the Bernabeu by assuring him that first-team football should not be a concern as Ancelotti plans to move Bale on.
That would allow Reus to step into regular action, as his only concern was believed to be a lacking of playing time with Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Isco and Karim Benzema all competing for action.
Real Madrid have stated publicly that they expect to keep Bale over the summer, and the player has spoken about the possibility of a long-term extension to his contract.
That seems to directly contradict the report from the Daily Express, who brush this off by suggesting that privately Real Madrid chiefs are planning to offload Bale if they can secure £120m from Manchester United.
With Reus available at between £20m and £35m depending on the report you read, Real Madrid are understandably excited by the prospect of landing Reus and being left with around £90m in extra funds.
Reus has been one of the most in-demand players in European football, and with Borussia Dortmund struggling in the relegation zone of the Bundesliga, his future may lie elsewhere.
He would have no shortage of options, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal monitoring his availability but only really Chelsea could rival Real Madrid.