However, news of Ronaldo’s desire to leave Madrid this summer, as reported by Sky Sports on Friday, has possibly altered Man United’s transfer policy, with the Portuguese set to cost a minimum of £174.5m.
And according to the Mail Online‘s Danny Gallagher, United could be set to offer an astronomical double bid for the duo which would see De Gea go the other way.
Morata and Ronaldo would, in theory, cost a combined total of £253.5m if Madrid – as they often do – get their way financially. And this is why using De Gea as a bargaining tool makes plenty of sense.
Think about it: Madrid would receive £183m in hard cash *and* a keeper whose release clause is £51.6.m but whose value, as it has done in recent times, could rise exponentially, alongside providing a much needed replacement for Keylor Navas.
Couple that with the financial benefits that come with no longer paying both Ronaldo and Morata’s wages and you have a pretty lucrative deal to say the very least. The ball is in your court, Mr Perez.