Manchester United do not believe that the row between them and Real Madrid over the collapsed David de Gea transfer will damage their chances of signing Gareth Bale next summer.
he club also insist that they will not sell De Gea to Real in the January window meaning that the goalkeeper – who is set to be recalled by manager Louis Van Gaal – will see out his contract at United and leave next summer for free unless he signs a new deal.
United have drawn a parallel between Real’s pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008 which led to the then manager Sir Alex Ferguson declaring he would not sell the Spanish giant “a virus” – before Ronaldo moved to Madrid the following year for a world record fee of £80m.
Bale is not the only Real player that United are interested in. They did inquire about Bale’s potential availability at the start of the summer and were told that he would be staying at Real and would be given more of a central role by their new coach Rafael Benítez.
United, who attempted to sign Sergio Ramos before he agreed a new deal at the Bernabéu, are adamant that the fallout from the De Gea will not adversely affect their relationship with Real even though it has led to a tit-for-tat blame game.
De Gea has not played for United or been included in the match-day squad this season with Van Gaal deciding he did not want to use the goalkeeper until his future was clear. United have angrily rejected suggestions that Van Gaal might freeze out De Gea and have described the Spanish international’s behaviour as that of a “model pro”.
It is understood that De Gea accepts he will not be sold in January and it remains to be seen whether United offer him a new deal.
United have professed themselves delighted with their summer transfer deals claiming that the acquisition of exciting young forwards such as Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay “fits with the DNA” of the club.
United have defended the fee paid for Martial – an initial £36 million that could rise to £58 million – believing if he continues his current rate of progress he will become one of the best players in the world.