JOSE MOURINHO is demanding Toni Kroos as Real Madrid step up their bid for David De Gea.
Tensions between the two clubs have intensified in recent weeks which has been brought to the boil with the two clubs involved in a row over training facilities in Los Angeles.
And just weeks after Madrid told United they were ending their interest in the Spaniard, Zinedine Zidane’s side launched a plot to unsettle the keeper with a new £50million offer.
But Mourinho is ready to counteract their offer by requesting that Kroos is involved if any deal is to be completed according to the Mirror.
The midfielder is a key cog in Madrid’s team and they remain reluctant to let the 27-year-old leave the Bernabeu.
There is growing speculation that Real Madrid will eventually land De Gea with the keeper ready to move back to his hometown.
He started his career at Atletico Madrid and a return back to the city could prove too difficult to turn down.
The two teams will meet in what could be a feisty affair in the Uefa Super Cup on August 8.
United kick-started their pre-season campaign with a convincing 5-2 victory over LA Galaxy early on Sunday morning.
Romelu Lukaku failed to open his account but Marcus Rashford scored twice with Marouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial all on the scoresheet.
Mourinho’s men will face Real Salt Lake in two days time before facing neighbours Manchester City.