REAL MADRID have rejected a £110m offer from Manchester United for Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane.
Real remain keen to land David De Gea from United this summer, although Express Sport understands that the Spanish giants are yet to table a bid for the keeper.
It was thought that United would enquire about Bale and French striker Karim Benzema when Real made their move for De Gea.
But reports in Spain suggest that United have asked about Bale and Varane instead.
Both players have also been linked with Chelsea in recent weeks and it seems that Louis van Gaal has tried to steal a march on Jose Mourinho with a £110m bid.
According to Spanish papers Cuatro and El Mundo Deportivo, the offer was made but immediately rebuffed by Real.
The latter paper suggests however, that United will revisit the issue should Real come calling about De Gea in the coming weeks.
Rafa Benitez is set to be unveiled as Real’s new boss tomorrow, and it seems unlikely that the former Liverpool and Chelsea man would countenance the departure of two key players before he has even got his feet under the desk.