Jose Mourinho has outlined his price for David de Gea amid reports of Real Madrid reigniting their interest in the Spaniard ahead of the summer transfer window, noting that he would demand one of either Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro or Raphael Varane in return, according to reports.
The 26-year-old was moments away from completing a move to the Bernabeu back in August 2015, only for the deal to fall through during the dying seconds of the transfer window.
Madrid president Florentino Perez has, according to the report, offered Isco and James Rodriguez as part of a swap deal for De Gea but Mourinho has ignored such a proposal.
Indeed, according to Don Balon, the Portuguese will only consider letting De Gea leave if the Spanish side send either Benzema, Kroos, Modric, Casemiro or Varane in the other direction.
It remains unclear as to how this latest development figures in the context of De Gea’s release clause, revealed to be €60m (£51.6m) earlier this season. Standard release clauses state, quite simply, that once the demanded amount is offered the deal is essentially done.
But perhaps in the wake of that deadline day bonanza United decided to place any future club – Madrid especially – in an awkward position when it came to negotiating over a potential deal.