By Aramide Oladipo
Spanish giants Real Madrid will only negotiate with Manchester United over a deal for Gareth Bale if they are willing to sell goalkeeper David de Gea, according to a report.
Spanish outlet Don Balon claims that Bale, 28, is facing a delicate situation at the Bernabeu and the La Liga champions are fully aware that United are planning to exploit it.
However, the report claims that Madrid president Florentino Perez is desperate to finally land Spanish shot-stopper de Gea, 26, and he wants the goalkeeper to be involved in a potential deal that could see the Welshman move to Old Trafford.
This follows up from the story in the same sports outlet which claimed that Perez was willing to negotiate with the Manchester giants over a potential summer move regarding the Welshman.
It is said that Madrid would have to splash the cash in order to secure the Spaniard’s signature as he would not be part of an exchange deal.
However, members within the Spanish club have reportedly warned the club’s president that United boss Jose Mourinho might be showing a renewed interest in Bale to destabilise Madrid ahead of the UEFA Super Cup next week.
De Gea was on the verge of moving to the Bernabeu in the summer of 2015 but the potential deal fell through due to an issue with the paperwork.
The Spaniard’s current contract at Old Trafford runs out in 2019.
Football Insider verdict
It is not surprising to hear that Real Madrid are looking to exploit United’s interest in Bale by trying to involve de Gea in the deal. The Spanish goalkeeper has been a target for the Champions League winners for a number of years now and it almost seems like a matter of time before de Gea ends up at the Bernabeu during his footballing career. A deal that would see the Spaniard join Madrid this summer is highly unlikely as Jose Mourinho made it clear in a pre-season press conference that the goalkeeper would be staying at Old Trafford for at least another season.
In other Manchester United news, a winger has arrived at the club ahead of a possible transfer.