Manchester United legend Gary Neville has suggested that his former club should attempt to land Gareth Bale in any deal that might see David de Gea join Real Madrid this summer.
Talk of United’s number one taking his leave of the club and moving to the Santiago Bernabeu after another scintillating season has been rife of late, and the Spaniard sent speculation into overdrive with his actions after the Red Devils’ last home match of the season at the weekend.
However the De Gea rumours aren’t the only ones to be found linking United and Real with a big transfer deal in the coming months, as Bale has found himself persistently mentioned with regards to a return to England.
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The Wales international has struggled for form this season and has found himself on the receiving end of some harsh criticism, thus making a career u-turn seem possible.
Bale/ De Gea deal
In any case Neville has affirmed his belief that United shouldn’t lose De Gea without being properly recompensed. In this scenario the former England international thinks the 24-year-old shot-stopper could be a good bargaining chip.
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"Real Madrid are particularly aggressive," Neville told Sky Sports.
“They have been previously and once a player only has a year left on his contract Manchester United have a decision to make if Real do come for him, as it looks like they will.
“Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool will all want Gareth Bale. So if you are going to give Real a player I think it would make sense to try and get Bale and steal him in return for De Gea."
Whether or not the proposal is remotely possible will rest on the willingness of Real president Florentino Perez when it comes to letting go of the man he broke records to sign just two summers ago.
In De Gea’s case it looks as though United have more to worry about as he has but one year left to run on his Old Trafford contract, but Bale could well be forced to stay put even if he wanted to leave.
Of course he hasn’t offered any strong indication that he is set to seek pastures new, but as the growing consensus in Madrid forms itself behind the idea that he’s not up to scratch he might well be forgiven for longing for a club more appreciative of his services.
De Gea decision
De Gea meanwhile will be all too aware that a move to Real would virtually guarantee him the number one berth at international level and that could be a pivotal factor in his ultimate decision.
As a result the United star’s future won’t be properly resolved until he either pens a new long-term contract under Louis van Gaal or makes apparent his desire to return to his homeland. Bale could yet be persuaded to go either way but one gets the feeling De Gea will have already made up his mind.
United fans, do you think Neville is right? Should Van Gaal push to get Bale in return? If he does is there any chance of Real consenting? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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