United were strongly linked with a move for Bale before his move to the Bernabeu, even making a larger offer than the Spanish giants’ £85 million.
The transfer doesn’t appear to have ended United’s interest in the Welsh wizard although the suggestion De Gea could be heading in the opposite direction is a negative one.
Here are five reasons United shouldn’t consider it.
De Gea is 24-years-old and could be United’s goalkeeper for the next decade. He’s a long term player and while United could attract other goalkeepers, they may not have the longevity that the Spaniard offers.
De Gea is a world class goalkeeper and it’s arguably easier for United to sign attacking players than a top quality shot stopper. United also already have a good left midfield option in the form of Angel Di Maria.
De Gea is one of the most popular Manchester United players with fans. He’s been consistent during a difficult period for the club and an example to fans that a player can excel at United despite the difficulties facing the side.
Recent reports have suggested that De Gea is currently talking about a new contract with Manchester United, which contradicts the suggestion he could be used in a deal to help sign Bale. His contract is also likely to be smaller than any deal United would have to offer Bale.
With Angel Di Maria and Bale at the same club, it would impact on United’s chances of re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo in the future. The Portuguese star likes to be the main man and he could be put off by the prospect of being behind Di Maria and Bale in the Manchester United pecking order.