La Liga giants Real Madrid are reportedly considering a shock move for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, according to reports in Spain.
The Spain under-21 international only moved to United from Atletico Madrid last summer in a transfer worth around £18m. But Spanish source puntopelota.es reports that Jose Mourinho is weighing up a move for the youngster as he looks to bring in competition for current number one Iker Casillas.
The Spain international is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world, and has won it all at Real Madrid and with the national side, including two European Championships and a World Cup.
But Mourinho is reportedly concerned Casillas could relax without high-quality competition, and has targeted David De Gea as the ideal foil for the Spain keeper.
De Gea has endured a difficult time since swapping Atletico for Manchester United. A series of high-profile errors haunted his early months at Old Trafford, but the Spaniard had looked to have put that behind him with a strong start to the current campaign.
But Sir Alex Ferguson’s predilection for rotating his keepers means De Gea has had to share playing time with Danish international Andres Lindegaard. The two shot-stoppers have rotated for the majority of the season, as Ferguson looks to determine his first-choice.
Madrid, according to the report, are looking to spend around £20m on a new keeper, and David De Gea, at 21-years-old, is the right age to come in and learn from Casillas while still putting the Madrid number one under pressure for his place.