Manchester United are preparing to make the ultimate sacrifice to sign Gareth Bale by presenting Real Madrid with a mouthwatering player-plus-cash offer that will include goalkeeper David De Gea in a deal they deem worth £100 million.
According to the Sunday People, Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is so desperate to bring the Wales international winger to Old Trafford in 2015 that he's willing to lose the services of his world-class custodian, who has been targeted by the Spanish giants.
Carlo Ancelotti is expected to proceed with an attempt to lure De Gea to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer anyway, so Manchester United have decided to incorporate the Spain international into a prospective deal for Bale.
The 24-year-old has been valued at £50 million by the Premier League giants, who are willing to shell out the same amount in cash to bring Bale back to England, in the hope that the total package will be more appealing to Real Madrid.
Manchester United paid just £17.8 million when De Gea joined from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011, but after establishing himself as one of the world's best stoppers it's no surprise to see him thought of as one of the most expensive players in his position on the planet.
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The current world-record fee paid for a goalkeeper is the £32.6 million that Juventus gave Parma to sign Gianluigi Buffon in 2001, so De Gea's departure would smash that transfer, even if it's covered up in a more complicated player-plus-cash deal.
The fact Manchester United have also just secured the services of Victor Valdes on an 18-month deal means that Van Gaal could already have a ready-made replacement for his current No.1 if an agreement is reached.
Talks over a new contract for De Gea at the Theatre of Dreams have taken place, but so far he's been reluctant to commit his long-term future as he waits to see if the Red Devils qualify for the Champions League next season via a top four finish this term.
However, it's understood that he would probably jump at the chance to return to his homeland if given the opportunity to replace Iker Casillas as Real Madrid's first choice goalkeeper.