Manchester United have reportedly told Real Madrid that they can have David De Gea, but only if Sergio Ramos heads in the opposite direction.
According to The Guardian, after having a first bid of around €18m rejected by the Premier League side, representatives of the La Liga giants flew to England to discuss a deal. However, at the meeting they were surprised to learn that United’s agenda involved getting the Spanish centre-back.
Whether a potential swap deal is being arranged is unknown, however The Guardian report that the 29-year-old has a release clause in his contract worth an eye-watering £128m, which provides an idea of how much Los Blancos value him.
And while it is unlikely that they will expect the full amount should United’s interest materialise into a bid, it does suggest that it will be difficult for Louis van Gaal’s side to convince them into a straight player for player swap, given Madrid’s preliminary offers for De Gea.
Nevertheless, The Guardian report that Ramos is less than happy about his contract situation at the Bernabeu, so if Madrid decide he’s surplus to requirements then they may be more than willing to use him as bait as they desperately try to get a deal done for their main target.