Man Utd told De Gea needed in any Gareth Bale deal

Manchester United have been told by Real Madrid that if they wish to sign Gareth Bale keeper David De Gea will need to be included in any potential deal, the Daily Star has reported.

Madrid have reportedly told United that Bale, who only joined the Spanish giants last summer in a world record deal, could be available at the end of the season after the player failed to adapt to manager Carlo Ancelotti’s new look side.

Madrid splashed the cash to bring in stars Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez this summer and with Ancelotti changing his tactics to accommodate the pair, Bale has appeared to struggle with the change.

United were also big spenders during the transfer window, granting new manager Louis van Gaal over £150m to overhaul an aging squad inherited from sacked manager David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson before him.

The newspaper reported back in October that United were preparing to make a bid for the Welsh winger – but Madrid have now said they want De Gea to be included in any deal.

The Spanish stopper has been in outstanding form over the past season to now and Real chiefs have identified him as their preferred long term successor to Iker Casillas.

And it is understood that if the Red Devils are willing to include their number one in a deal, the Spanish club are prepared to discuss a potential move.

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