Real Madrid are reported to have identified Manchester United No.1 David de Gea as a long-term successor to both Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez at the Santiago Bernabeu, while there are even some claims a preliminary agreement between the two parties is already in place.
Mundo Deportivo report that Real Madrid have also placed Thibaut Courtois and Kiko Casilla under consideration as potential acquisitions, but Dea Gea has been deemed the most suitable recruit to become the next Los Blancos goalkeeper.
The Spanish sports daily also outlines further claims that De Gea has already signed some initial paperwork with Real Madrid, leaving the club to negotiate a transfer fee with Manchester United for the signing of the player.
Manchester United will surely maintain a position of being unwilling to sell, with the club neither in a financial position to require to do so or deeming De Gea as a player who is available for transfer.
De Gea, meanwhile, retains a strong affiliation with Real Madrid’s city rivals Atletico, and may not even consider joining Carlo Ancelotti’s side given the that Los Rojiblancos are the team he supports.
The 23-year-old joined Manchester United from Atletico in the summer transfer window of 2011 and, after enduring a somewhat shaky start to life in England, has established himself among the Premier League’s best.
De Gea was named in the PFA Team of the Year last season by his peers having won his first major honour with Manchester United in the shape of the league title.