In Focus: Man United want Real Madrid duo in De Gea deal

According to The Sun, Manchester United are prepared to sell David de Gea to Real Madrid this summer, providing that Raphael Varane and Alvaro Morata are included in the deal.

What’s the story?

Had Real Madrid’s fax machine been working in the latter stages of the 2015 summer transfer window, there is every chance that De Gea would already be turning out at the Bernabeu.

Man United ultimately managed to keep hold of the Spain number one before handing him a new long-term contract, but speculation linking Real Madrid with a move for the stopper has surfaced once again, and the Spanish giants are said to be confident of finally completing a deal.

According to The Sun, Real Madrid are prepared to pay ¬£60m to sign the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper, who has been named Man United’s Player of the Year in each of the last three seasons.

However, Man United will reportedly demand that Real Madrid duo Varane and Morata are both included in the deal as Jose Mourinho looks to put together a title-winning team at Old Trafford.

Why Varane, Morata?

Man United are expected to target a new centre-back this summer despite the fact that Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are all currently at the club.

Bailly has arguably been Man United’s standout centre-back this season, while Rojo has also impressed after moving into a central position.¬†Smalling and Jones are currently on the sidelines, however, and it is understood that the futures of the England duo are far from certain.

Mourinho is believed to have shared a close relationship with Varane during his time at the Bernabeu, and the Portuguese is said to be confident of convincing the 23-year-old to make the switch to Old Trafford.

Varane has made 31 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid this season, but the Frenchman has been on the sidelines in recent weeks.

As for Morata, the 24-year-old has netted 12 La Liga goals in just 11 starts this season, whilst he has also netted three times in the Champions League despite only starting one fixture.

Karim Benzema’s presence at the Bernabeu has made it difficult for Morata to gain a regular spot in Zinedine Zidane’s XI, and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future at Old Trafford far from certain, it is said that Mourinho has identified Morata as his new centre-forward for the 2017-18 campaign.