According to a report from the Mirror this afternoon, La Liga giants Real Madrid have informed Manchester United that they will need to part ways with David De Gea if they want to bring Gareth Bale to Old Trafford.
Rumours linking Bale with a move to Manchester have picked up pace over recent weeks, after the Welsh star picked up yet another injury with Los Blancos, reportedly leaving the board at the Bernabeu considering cutting their losses with the one-time most expensive player in the world.
Jose Mourinho is known to be a long-term admirer of the talents of Bale, and was openly seeking another body to add to his options out wide for Manchester United during the summer.
The Red Devils failed to secure the signature of no.1 target Ivan Perisic, but will reportedly push to secure another winger in either January or next summer.
Rumours spread earlier this month that Real Madrid had informed United that they intended to recoup the money that they splashed out on Bale four years ago in any future sale, but further reports today suggest that the Champions League holders are in fact pushing for a swap deal with Jose Mourinho’s side.
In news that will come as no surprise to any fan who keeps even a casual eye on transfer dealings, Real are said to be requesting the inclusion of Spanish shot-stopper David De Gea in any deal for Bale.
However, this proposal is expected to be met with a stern no from the Old Trafford hierarchy, who view De Gea as absolutely vital in their quest to reestablish themselves amongst the elite of European football.