Manchester United are reported to be readying an eye-watering bid comprising David de Gea and a cash sum in exchange for Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata.
United are willing to place £183million on the table alongside their prized asset De Gea in order to tempt the Spanish giants into parting with two of their elite names, according to reports in Italy.
Ronaldo is believed to want to leave Spanish football after becoming embroiled in tax-fraud speculation and perceiving a lack of support from his club as a result.
The news of Ronaldo’s potential availability has put United on red alert, with Old Trafford chiefs desperate to bring their former player back to the Premier League.
Madrid had initially slapped a huge £350m price tag on Ronaldo in a bid to ward off interest from those clubs in a financial position to afford him, namely United and French giants PSG.
But Madrid are known admirers of United goalkeeper De Gea and have courted the Spaniard for the past few transfer windows.
United are also heavily interested in bringing Morata to English shores, and look prepared to part with De Gea in order to pull off the enormous transfer coup.
Any potential move which sees De Gea move to Madrid however will have big implications over in Italy, particularly for AC Milan.
The Serie A giants were recently informed by their 18-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma that he would be leaving the San Siro once his current deal expires.
The Italian youngster is one of the most highly rated goalkeepers in world football, and was gifted his opportunity by his boyhood club Milan back in 2015.
Madrid were believed to be most likely destination for the young stopper, who is widely regarded as the natural heir to the throne of Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon.
But a possible Madrid acquisition of De Gea would throw a spanner in the works, as Donnarumma and his agent Mino Raiola would have to explore other options.
United and Madrid will have to wait until after the Confederations Cup for any movement regarding Ronaldo’s career.
The Ballon d’Or winner is currently in Russia representing his national team Portugal, the side who he helped steer to European glory in France during Euro 2016.