Could Bale and De Gea change clubs this summer after Real Madrid's Champions League exit?

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The Spanish giants may be looking to do high-profile business with Manchester United at the end of the season.

As Real Madrid exited the Champions League this week, managers in charge of top clubs across Europe may now be bracing themselves for bids for the best players around.

The ramifications of the result could have a particular impact on Manchester United's transfer plans in the summer, in both a positive and negative way.

One drawback of Real's season finishing without a major trophy is the possible firming up of their reported interest, according to Sky Sports, in United number one David De Gea, with Iker Casillas not covering himself in glory with the Juventus goal. The Spanish legend punched the ball back to a Juve player, who fed Paul Pogba in the lead up to the crucial away goal, and the World Cup winner has again been temperamental this year.

De Gea, on the other hand, is a Madrid native and has been voted the Premier League's best goalkeeper this season.

However, although United might be fearing an approach for their 'keeper at the end of the season, there is a possible positive opportunity that United could exploit considering Los Blancos exits - namely the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Gareth Bale's future.

Though there is no indication publicly that the Welshman will be available in the summer, with officials at the Bernabeu instead emphasising that Bale will be remaining in Spain, the former Spurs star put in another underwhelming performance as the Champions League holders failed to score the second goal that would take the match into extra time.

Bale, who has been linked to United by publications such as the Metro, had seven shots on goal during the game, but only found the target the once, and he was again the scapegoat for criticism from both the Spanish press and Real supporters.

With doubts about Carlo Ancelotti's continued tenure in charge of the La Liga giants, Real may have a new manager who doesn't value Bale's contribution quite as much as the Italian.

United will feel that, as they are set to be able to offer Champions League football next season, they are in a strong position to recruit the player if he decides he wants to leave Madrid.

And if they can do that as well as holding onto De Gea, well then they really will have done well out of Real.

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