As we head into the final games of the season for both Real Madrid and Manchester United, plans are already being made by both clubs to strengthen their squads for next season.
One particular rumoured deal interlinks both clubs, and that is a potential swap involving David de Gea and Gareth Bale.
The Welshman is understandably a little peeved at being made the scapegoat for all of Madrid's ills throughout the season, and so a move elsewhere at this juncture could possibly suit him.
With the Red Devils having qualified for Champions League football again, the attraction of taking United back to the levels of yesteryear is obvious.
And we already know that Bale's skill set will flourish in the Premier League.
De Gea left Spain when he was 19-years-old and is beginning to firmly establish himself as his country's number one keeper.
Could there have been a suggestion that he needs to be repatriated in order for him to fulfil any international potential?
There seems little other reason why he would leave a club where he is extremely highly regarded, has just been voted Player of the Year and is well paid for his employment.
Having established himself at United, can he really afford to move to a club where Spain's record appearance holder is the owner of the goalkeeper's jersey? Where he will have to win over any doubters should his first few months not go according to plan?
As good as Hazard
Manchester United can offer De Gea anything that their number one desires and will match whatever Florentino Perez throws at him as an opening gambit for him to swap the rainy north of England for the sunnier climes of the Spanish capital.
Bale's situation is an odd one too, and he isn't performing half as badly as some would have you believe.
With 19 goals and 11 assists, Bale's figures are just one assist less than Eden Hazard of Chelsea who has been labeled as the Premier League's best player from a variety of sources, including his contemporaries in the league.
Let's not forget too that the Welshman is, by his own admission, being played out of position. It appears to have fallen on deaf ears that he wishes to play just off of Cristiano Ronaldo down the middle, which is where he obviously feels that Real will get even more from him in goal scoring terms.
Were Perez willing to sanction a sale for a player whom he paid €100m for just 22 months ago, the likelihood is that Bale, in his rightful on-pitch domain, will make that decision look incredibly short-sighted.
But Florentino has never been one to listen to the opinions of others.
The deal, if it happens, has plusses and minuses for both clubs and only time will tell who gets the better end of the bargain.
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