Real Madrid demand mega Man United swap deal

Real Madrid are willing to let Gareth Bale join Manchester United, but only if David de Gea is included in any potential deal, according to reports from The Mirror.

The Red Devils have made the former Spurs ace their top target for the end of the season, with the Premier League ready to commit to a ‘Galactico’ era of big spending on top stars to boost the club’s value and profile.

Reports suggest that United are keen to pay up to £120m – which will smash the £86m transfer record currently held by Real and Bale – to land the 25-year-old, but Los Blancos want De Gea included.

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The reigning European champions have earmarked the 24-year-old Old Trafford stopper as a long-term replacement for club idol Iker Casillas, and have been impressed by his stunning displays between the sticks for Louis van Gaal’s team this season.

De Gea recent dislodged his Real counterpart to become Spain’s top goalie, and there are suggestions that a return to his homeland to represent one of the top clubs may boost his chances of keeping the jersey.