Real Madrid have asked Manchester United to include David De Gea in the deal if they wish to sign Gareth Bale.

The Gareth Bale to Manchester United rumour seems far-fetched and yet, is gaining a lot of momentum with each passing day.

Louis Van Gaal refused to rule out the possibility of Manchester United signing the Welsh winger. It is believed that the Red Devils boss has kept aside £100 million to tempt Real Madrid into cashing in on Bale. Manchester United had tried in vain to sign the former Tottenham Hotspur winger in 2013 as the Welshman preferred a move to the Spain capital.

It seems that Real Madrid might be persuaded to selling Gareth Bale as they target Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus as a direct replacement. However, recent reports suggest that in order to acquire the services of Gareth Bale, Manchester United will have to part with David De Gea in exchange.

24-year old David De Gea has been identified by Real Madrid to replace Casillas sooner or later. De Gea, who is tipped to succeed Casillas as Spain’s no. 1 has been in top form and is considered to be one of the best goalkeepers. De Gea’s recent displays have brought him under the spotlight and reports of the former Atletico Madrid stopper joining Real Madrid later in his career are doing rounds.

United acquired the services of David De Gea three and a half years ago from Atletico Madrid for a whopping £18 million. Since then De Gea has evolved into arguably Premier League’s best goalkeeper. Manchester United will definitely try to hold on to the Spaniard for as long as they can.

However, the inability to tie De Gea down with a new contract seems to be a growing concern at Old Trafford. De Gea is into the final 18 months of his contract and if he refuses to extend it, he may leave Manchester United for free in the summer of 2016.

If Real Madrid are to buy Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund, they may as well be open to selling Gareth Bale to Manchester United. However, Madrid will still drive a hard bargain to part with the winger, who was brought in from Tottenham for £85 million. Real Madrid even demanded a British-record £60 million to part with Angel Di Maria, even though the player wanted to leave and United were the only club in the market.

If David De Gea expresses reluctance in signing a new deal, Manchester United might be open to include him in a swap deal which will see Gareth Bale return to the Premier League.