Real Madrid could offer Manchester United four big-name stars including Martin Odegaard in a desperate bid to land Paul Pogba.
Old Trafford maintain £89million record buy Pogba is not for sale but Real, also hit by the pandemic, feel a swap deal is an option.
And on top of Odegaard, 21, those who could also be offered in part exchange are James Rodriguez, Lucas Vazquez and ex-City midfielder Brahim Diaz.
But United sources say boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to pair Pogba with January arrival Bruno Fernandes — the duo training together for the first time yesterday.
The Spanish side’s intentions come as it was revealed United have taken out a £140m loan to get through the coronavirus crisis.
And it should go some way to ensuring Solskjaer can still bring in stars like Jadon Sancho when the transfer window re-opens.
United could raise further funds by selling Pogba to Real Madrid, who are also looking to save money by snubbing outright buy deals in favour of swaps.
United’s finances took a big dent after signing £85m Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes for an initial £46.6m.
According to TheSun, Solskjaer wants Borussia Dortmund forward Sancho and Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.