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Manchester United are ready to counter Real Madrid’s renewed interest in goalkeeper David De Gea by offering him as part of a deal to bring striker Gareth Bale to Old Trafford.
Although the United number one is happy with life under Jose Mourinho there is an acceptance that if Madrid come in with a substantial bid in the summer it would be difficult to prevent De Gea joining his boyhood club.
However, the United board are ready to use Madrid’s interest to try and prise away a player they have twice before tried to sign. Former United manager David Moyes recently revealed that at one point he thought a deal for the player was likely to go ahead.
“When I first went in my real target was Gareth Bale,” said Moyes. “I felt all along that Gareth Bale was a Manchester United player.
“I fought right until the last minute. We actually offered a bigger deal than Real Madrid. But Gareth had his mind made up on going to Real Madrid.”
The prospects of success this time around are far from zero. Although Bale recently signed a new, improved contract, reports from Spain say that the fans are far from happy with the player’s overall contribution, while the Real Madrid dressing room is said to be close to “mutiny” over Gareth Bale’s demands for an improved contract from the club.
Catalan daily Sport says unnamed senior players in the Real squad remain unconvinced by the Welshman’s qualities and believe he does not warrant his upgraded €17m-per-year (£14.3m) deal.
And Bale himself, according to another Spanish outlet, has reportedly grown unhappy with president Florentino Perez and manager Zinedine Zidane.
Bale’s new contract at Real, with whom he has won two Champions League titles and one Copa del Rey since joining from Tottenham for a then-world record £85m in 2013, runs until 2022.