DAVID DE GEA was expected
to secure a dream move to Real
Madrid before the close of
the transfer window in Spain
yesterday– even if Manchester
United miss out on Gareth Bale.
Old Trafford boss Louis van
Gaal is desperate to make a
marquee signing to boost the
club’s chances of making a
concerted Premier League title
His two top targets during
the summer have been former
Spurs star Bale and Bayern
Munich’s German international
striker Thomas Muller.
But so far both Real Madrid
and Bayern have stood firm
insisting both players are not
for sale even for £100 million
and £60 million respectively.
United are still hoping to use
De Gea as a bargaining tool in
their designs on Bale.
But if Real Madrid continue to
put the brakes on that situation
United seem likely to relent on
the De Gea issue.
They have been holding out
for £35 million for the Spanish
international even though
he only has 12 months of his
contract to go.
But with relations between
the player and management
virtually at breaking point
United could grant De Gea’s
wish to move to the Bernabeu
by accepting a lower offer of
around £25 million.
United have been busy
sounding out other options
as the closing of the window
draws nearer.
They have asked about
Atletico Madrid forward
Antoine Griezmann and in
addition to a discreet enquiry
for Barcelona’s Neymar also
mentioned the possibility of
Nou Camp central defender
Gerard Pique returning to Old

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