Manchester United’s long-running interest in Gareth Bale will come to a conclusion next summer one way or another.
The Welshman became the world’s most expensive player when he joined Real Madrid from Tottenham in 2013 for £85million, and since then he has been part of a formidable attack alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
However, under Zinedine Zidane, injuries have wreaked havoc with his career, prompting speculation that Real would be amenable to selling him if a significant offer came in.
The Mirror report that the one thing now holding United back from making their interest concrete is that they fear Los Blancos will ask for David de Gea in return.
By the end of the season, their current goalkeeper Keylor Navas will be 31.
While De Gea hasn’t yet expressed a wish to leave, he is reportedly keen to play for Real Madrid at some stage of his career, having previously shone in the Spanish capital with Atletico.
Jose Mourinho considers Bale the final component to turn his attack into a world-class outfit, but if that means losing his star goalkeeper – who starred in the weekend’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool – then he may have to reconsider.
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