Manchester United are desperate to strike a future deal with Real Madrid for the services of Gareth Bale, and have not only set aside €150 million with a view to doing so, but could allow David De Gea to leave if it lowers his price, according to incredible reports in Spain.
Spanish daily AS the powers that at the Santiago Bernabeu are already aware of United’s interest, but aren’t keen on letting the Wales international leave the club for any price. Following on from his blockbuster transfer from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 the winger has become a vital asset to Carlo Ancelotti, and the three-pronged attack of himself, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema continues to terrorise defences in Spain and beyond.
Big plans for Bale
However Louis van Gaal has lofty plans for his United rebuild, and though he’s already spent over £150 million on players like Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind, there’s plenty more to come.
Adidas’ cash injection of close to £750 million - which comes as a result of their kit sponsorship deal - is set to kick in at the end of this season, giving United plenty of financial firepower.
Yet of course the future of De Gea is something United will have to consider, with Real known to be in the market for the ex-Atletico Madrid man. The AS report indicates that United will only let Los Blancos get their hands on the young shot-stopper if it plays some part in getting them closer to eventually landing Bale, which would certainly contribute to one of the most lucrative transfer sagas ever witnessed.
At the moment though caution must be advised when dealing with such rumours, as Bale himself has revealed recently that he has no immediate plans to leave Real, despite reports inferring he was unsettled there.
Talks of teammates being unhappy with the powerful forward for his direct approach also appear well off the mark, and it’s more than likely that Ancelotti will fight tooth and nail to keep the marquee signing who has defined his time in charge.
As for De Gea similar trepidation can be assumed given that he’s never officially spoken about being interested in a move back to La Liga. With Iker Casillas’s confidence wavering nothing should be ruled out, but what the clubs want and what will actually happen are usually two very different things.