Manchester United star David De Gea has rejected the club’s offer of a new contract, giving Real Madrid hope that they can land him when his contract runs out in 2016.
That’s according to the Spanish press, more specifically newspaper ABC, who claim that the young goalkeeper remains high on Los Blancos’s list of priority signings for the future, alongside Borussia Dortmund ace Marco Reus.
Agreement for De Gea?
It’s believed that if no agreement can be reached between United and De Gea by next summer he will be put up for sale, as the Red Devils will be loathe to let one of their most influential players leave for free.
So far this season the Spain international has been in inspired form, and his performance during United’s 2-1 victory away at Arsenal at the weekend will have done little to ward off suitors.
Indeed it’s Madrid who are said to be his most staunch admirers, with chiefs at the Santiago Bernabeu of the opinion that he is the ideal replacement for the legendary Iker Casillas.
Move to Real Madrid
Though the 33-year-old’s position at Real is returning to one which holds a degree of normality - as opposed to the frenetic transfer buzz which was constant through the summer - his days do look numbered, and De Gea is already breathing down his neck for the position of Spain No.1.
Having made himself an integral part of United’s side following a nervous start to life in the Premier League, De Gea himself may be waiting to see how things turn out this season before committing his future to the club.
Louis van Gaal’s side have been productive of late and currently sit fourth, but they’ve still endured a difficult start and will have to work hard to guarantee a place in Europe next term.
Could United lose star man?
If they don’t manage to force their way into the Champions League, or at the very least the competition’s less desirable younger brother, the Europa League, then De Gea could well decide that he wants to move on in order to realise his potential.
With Real looking increasingly capable of once more taking home the title of the world’s dominant club force by the end of the campaign they’re an extremely attractive prospect, and it makes sense to assume they’d have no qualms about paying him whatever he wished in terms of wages. De Gea is currently earning £52,000-a-week at Old Trafford, but the club’s latest offer was thought to be over double that.