A few days ago I wrote a story about Manchester United ‘keeper David De Gea being linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer.
The deal now seems almost inevitable, but the Red Devils could gain something from asking about Gareth Bale’s availability in any possible deal.
Obviously Real will not want to lose money on the winger, but the Welshman does not currently seem happy in the Spanish capital. Bale has been mooted as a possible transfer target for Manchester United this summer.
Former-Manchester United stalwart Gary Neville has suggested that De Gea be used as a makeweight in any deal for Bale.
That does not look out of the realms of possibility at the moment with both players situations.
De Gea’s contract situation means that a fee of around £15million has been mooted for the ‘keeper, as he has just over a year left on his current contract.
United have attempted to extend De Gea’s contract, but have been unable to come to an agreement with the 24-year-old.
That means that United look to be in the difficult position of selling the Spaniard now, or risk losing him for nothing next summer.
Manchester United could use the situation to their advantage though. They could get one of the most highly-rated players in world football and for a knockdown fee. Maybe the big question is will Real be willing to part with the winger this summer?
All the noises coming of Madrid say that Los Blancos want to keep Bale, but the player himself seems to becoming increasingly marginalised in Spain.
He may request a move and it is likely that the Premier League would be his preferred destination. Watch this space!
Can De Gea be used as part of a deal for Bale?