Manchester United have told Real Madrid that they will only accept a trade of Raphael Varane and cash for David De Gea, according to reports.
In truth, interest from the La Liga champions in Spanish international keeper De Gea has been quiet since the turn of 2017, following a summer of 2016 that saw him expected to make a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Whilst that didn’t materialise and little talk has since developed – it has now emerged by several English and Spanish sources that the Spanish capital side are ready to make a £50m bid for the former Atletico Madrid stopper.
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is keen to replace Keylor Navas, despite a good season from the former Real Sociedad number one.
Whilst it is understood that De Gea would seemingly be open to a move back to Madrid – reports in Spanish publication Don Balon claim that United boss Jose Mourinho has told his former club that he wants French centre back Raphael Varane in exchange plus cash.
Varane struggled to find form last season due to various niggling injury problems, but he is on Mourinho’s list of admired players, having been handed his debut by the Portuguese tactician during his reign in Spain.
Should De Gea arrive at the club, Navas would be expected to stay and be a number two, whilst in Manchester – talk of Sergio Romero taking the number one spot is debated.