Manchester Evening News have reported that world-record signing Gareth Bale could be free to leave Real Madrid in the upcoming January transfer window amid the Welshman struggling to fit in to Carlo Ancelotti’s side, hence the signings of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.
However, United manager Louis Van Gaal has been told by Real Madrid that if any offer is to be accepted for Bale’s services, goalkeeper David De Gea must be included in part of the deal.
And despite spending a massive £150 million during the summer, Van Gaal has not played down another run of transfers to the club; with vice-chairman Ed Woodward assuring the Dutch manager that money is not any issue.
It is understood that Chelsea and Manchester City have also joined the race for the 25-year-old’s signature, but it is believed that United are leading the way in bringing the former Tottenham man back to the Premier League.
According to reports in Spain, Real Madrid have put De Gea at the top of their shortlist for long-term goalkeepers to replace Iker Casillas.
By Ollie Carroll