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Madrid hoping to off-load under-performing star as part of De Gea deal…and it isn't Gareth Bale

Published 19/05/2015 | 17:48

David de Gea's stay at Manchester United could be coming to an end
David de Gea's stay at Manchester United could be coming to an end

Manchester United appear resigned to losing goalkeeper David De Gea to Real Madrid this summer and the Spanish side are hoping to use defender Fabio Coentrao in any potential deal.

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United manager Louis van Gaal admitted last Friday that the club had already identified potential replacements for De Gea should the 24-year-old reject the offer of a new £200,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford.

With Gareth Bale enduring a difficult season at the Bernabéu, there was speculation that the Welsh international and world's most expensive footballer may move to Old Trafford with De Gea going in the opposite direction.

However today's Marca believes that Portuguese full-back Fabio Coentrao, who was close to a move during the summer of 2013, could form part of the deal.

"Manchester United have priced David de Gea at €40m," the paper states. "The Real Madrid board had hoped to recover some of €30m they paid Benfica for Coentrao back in the summer of 2011, but they know that as things stand that is not going to happen.

"€20m looks like a best case scenario, although €15m is looking like a more realistic transfer fee for the Portuguese, one which will end his four-year stint - full of ups and downs - at Real Madrid."

De Gea, signed from £18.9million from Atletico Madrid four years ago, has developed into one of the world's best keepers at Old Trafford and enjoyed an outstanding campaign.

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