Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was ‘a bit thrown’ by the signing of Victor Valdes earlier this month and would be tempted to join Real Madrid if they came in for him, according to Spanish football expert and well-known journalist Graham Hunter.
The Spaniard has been the talk of the town this month if you’re a United fan, with the possibility of him trading Old Trafford for the lofty lights of the Santiago Bernabeu constantly being regurgitated in the gossip columns.
De Gea's uncertain future
Speculation inferring he is close to signing a new lengthy deal in Manchester has dominated headlines, whilst other rumours indicate he could yet hold out to join Real.
Earlier on today it was claimed that United will sell him if he expresses a clear interest in moving to the current Champions League holders, and Hunter’s words very much go hand in hand with that sentiment.
“It’s definitely the objective of Real Madrid to buy this extremely talented young Spanish goalkeeper,” Hunter said, according to talkSPORT.
“I know that, having spoken to people at the Manchester United training ground, while they understand fully that De Gea respects and enjoys playing there, that there are some personal things that might be balanced out by a move back to Spain.
“He was a little bit thrown by the arrival of Victor Valdes, who he regarded as a role model. I think the word from people around him is that, if he was offered Real Madrid, it would severely tempt him."
"He was a little bit thrown by the arrival of Victor Valdes, who he regarded as a role model. I think the word from people around him is that, if he was offered Real Madrid, it would severely tempt him"
The general consensus is that Valdes was indeed signed so that Van Gaal has an adequate backup already in place should De Gea abandon his post, with the de-facto second-choice up until this month, Anders Lindegaard, almost certain to move clubs in the near future. Valdes is both experienced and possessive of proven quality, though even he might not be able to cushion the blow felt by De Gea’s exit if it comes to that.
The Spaniard has been in impeccable form so far this term, routinely proving that last season’s heroics - that saw him pick up United’s Player of Season award - weren’t a one-campaign-only sort of thing.
However, the catch 22 of his excellent showings is that Real have remained hot on his heels, and even though Iker Casillas’s confidence looks to be somewhat restored, there can be little doubt who Florentino Perez would have in the sticks moving forward if it were his choice.
With the attacking lineup at Real looking more formidable than ever before the only real option if Perez wants to continue his Galactico style of business is to strengthen the defence.
In De Gea, for whom United could command a healthy ransom, they’d have a name both illustrious and talented, and that alone could be enough to ensure they press ahead with their plans to try and sign him.