Manchester United should sacrifice De Gea to sign Bale, says Arsenal legend

Ian Wright proposed a sensational exchange that would add 'goals and assists' to Manchester United next season.

Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright has suggested on BBC Radio 5 Live's 606 that Real Madrid will approach Manchester United for star goalkeeper David De Gea in the summer.

But the 51-year-old believes United may be able to bring in their own transfer target if a deal was to become likely - ex Spurs man Gareth Bale!

The Gunners legend proposed the controversial deal after Manchester United's 3-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday, saying: "I think when Real Madrid come in they will get David De Gea and so if Manchester United can do the deal to get Gareth Bale they should do it. 

"De Gea can make saves but Bale can score goals and make assists."

Though United and their supporters would be loathed to lose one of the world's best goalkeepers, the prospect of having another Welsh superstar on the wing would be enticing, and may soften any blow if De Gea were to return to Spain. Though United may still have to include a fee in the deal, they will be holding the cards if the La Liga outfit come calling for their number one.

Real Madrid have long been rumoured by sources such as the Daily Mail to be following 24-year-old De Gea, who is a native of the city and spent eight years at crosstown rivals Atletico.

After a shaky start to his career in the Premier League, the Spanish international has proven himself to be one of the best 'keepers around, and has particularly impressed this season as United boast one of the tightest defences in the division.

With Spanish legend Iker Casillas struggling for form for the last couple of years, Real have been credited as interested in a whole succession of top young goalkeepers, and Louis van Gaal will be hoping he can carry the Red Devils into the Champions League places to return De Gea to Europe's premier club competition.

The Manchester giants themselves continue to be linked by sites such as ESPN to former Spurs star Bale, who joined Real for a world record fee in 2013. His last season in the Premier League saw him finish as PFA and Football Writers' Player of the Year, on the way to scoring an impressive 26 goals for the North Londoners. The 25-year-old has had to settle for playing second fiddle to former United hero Cristiano Ronaldo since his La Liga arrival though, and Bale has come in for criticism from the Spanish press in recent weeks.

Unless Wright has close contacts to either Real Madrid or De Gea, it is likely his thoughts are merely speculation from an excitable pundit. Surely United will be trying their hardest to keep De Gea AND recruit Bale - but with both clubs seemingly possessing a player the other wants, who knows what kind of suggestions will be made if a transfer approach for either star is made.

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