Manchester United’s have been handed a dilemma by Real Madrid in the latest twist from their pursuit of £100million-rated Gareth Bale: give up David de Gea and they can have him.
According to the Sunday Mirror, the Sanitago Bernabeu club are prepared to let the player they signed from Tottenham Hotspur in a record £85million two seasons ago move to Old Trafford if they can secure the signing of a player they believe will be a future international star.
The report claims that Manchester United have resolved to spend as much as £100million to try and get Bale back to the Premier League, but this counter-offer from Madrid could lead them too seriously rethink their transfer plans.
After a difficult start to his career since the 2011 switch from Atletico Madrid, De Gea has matured into one of Europe’s leading goalkeepers and his performances over the past two seasons have seen him become, arguably, the best number one in the Premier League.
Moving to Real Madrid would not really have been an option while De Gea was at Atletico, but he is now looking likely to oust Bernabeu legend Iker Casillas as Spain number one and the report claims club president Fiorentino Perez wants him to succeed the veteran at club level too.
Louis van Gaal would be loath to see the 24-year-old leave, but there is concern over the fact that he is yet to agree an extension to his current deal, which expires in 18 months and his selling value will decrease the closer it gets to expiration.
The chance of being able to land Bale could be temptation enough for Van Gaal to sacrifice De Gea and Madrid have reportedly lined up Marco Reus as a possible replacement should the Welshman return to the Premier League.