It is not news that Manchester United has a long standing interest in Real Madrid star Gareth Bale and there have been recent reports of a deal in place to bring the Welsh man to Old Trafford in the summer.
What comes as a surprise to the Spanish giants is the rumoured offer made by Manchester United for young star Marco Asensio. Given his lack of playing time this season interest from other clubs should not come as a surprise but since Bale has been the target discussed the offer for Asensio still took the club by surprise.
The 21-year old has made 23 appearances so far this season in all competitions scoring 7 goals and contributing a further 3 assists for Real Madrid. However, has made only 1 start in the Champions League and has only 8 starts in La Liga.
This has seen the player become increasingly unhappy and reports say he is considering his options as he sees the task of breaking into the starting XI at the Bernabeu a difficult one as he is up against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Isco for a spot.
Reports from Spain suggest that Asensio has the possibility of moving to Old Trafford in January but no fee has been mentioned.
It could prove to be a good move for the player, with Gareth Bale also returning from injury to make his chances even more difficult in Madrid.