Manchester United are planning an astonishing £100 million deal to bring Real Madrid and former Tottenham ace Gareth Bale back to the Premier League - with David de Gea heading the other way, acccording to a Daily Mirror report.
The Welsh international has now been in the Spanish capital for 18 months after trading Tottenham for the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2013.
In his debut season, Bale couldn’t have asked for much more as he netted goals in both the Copa Del Rey (the winner on that occasion) and Champions League final.
In most cases, the former Tottenham star would have now had his name written in club folklore for what he achieved last season, yet the demands at Madrid can be overwhelming even for the very best in the world.
During a recent 3-0 victory over Espanyol, Bale became the subject of booing and hissing from the Bernabeu crowd for not passing to Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
While such behaviour within Madrid is to be expected, it could equally drive a player away and - in this case - into the arms of the Red Devils, who - according to the Mirror - are planning a whopping deal to sign him.
“Manchester United are on the move with a complex £100million deal for the release of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale - with David de Gea heading to the Bernabeu,” the report states.
While the Manchester United faithful might rightfully get excited over the prospect of watching Bale in full flow at Old Trafford, however, they may not be too keen on seeing goalkeeper De Gea head the opposite way.
The Spain international has been in superb form this season, prompting international boss Vicente Del Bosque to install him as the country’s number one ahead of Iker Casillas.
There is little denying Casillas still remains one of the world’s top shot-stoppers but, given his age, it’s natural for Madrid to plan on finding a successor and De Gea has been labelled as the man for the job.
The report in the Mirror goes on to say that Manchester United know of Madrid’s interest, stating that chief negotiator Ed Woodward has already slapped a £50 million price tag on his head.
The key question, then, is - is losing De Gea (United now have Victor Valdes waiting in the wings) worth signing former Tottenham hero Bale?