Manchester United are still determined to get Gareth Bale involved in any deal that sees David de Gea join Real Madrid, reports, The Sun.
The Spanish club think they have won the battle for De Gea and will look to agree a deal with the Red Devils following the appointment of Rafa Benitez.
Despite only having 12 months remaining on his current deal, Manchester United are still demanding an excessive £30m for the goalkeeper, but are also looking for Bale to be thrown into the bargain.
Having joined Real Madrid in 2013 for a world-record fee of £86m, there is simply no chance of a straight swap, but United are instead hoping to get a discount on that figure.
Florentino Perez would be under pressure to recoup all the money he paid for the Welshman if he does sell this summer and would prefer a straight cash deal for De Gea.
However, The Sun are suggesting that Manchester United are determined to get something to do with Bale included in the transfer.
Staying or going?
It is yet to be seen what Benitez thinks of Bale. It was originally reported that the former Liverpool manager was ready to make the 25-year-old his main man, even at the expense of Cristiano Ronaldo.
But the opposite could also be true. Benitez may not want to keep a player that is regularly booed by the Bernabeu crowd and scapegoated by the local media.
It has been a dramatic fall from grace for the winger, who last season scored in both the Champions League and Copa del Rey final to inspire a cup double, including La Decima.
An escape route
Bale may also be getting fed up with the treatment. It seemed to be affecting his performance towards the end of the season with abject performances in the Champions League hitting newspapers across Europe.
The chance to return to the Premier League, where there is a wider focus on team rather than individual performance, might be a tempting proposition.
Manchester United are currently the only club capable of buying Bale and absorbing his £300,000-a-week wages in the process.
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