Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal failed in a late bid to sign Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas last summer, according to a report in Marca.
The Spanish newspaper is trying to continue with the theme that Van Gaal and his star player David de Gea have not spoken in months. This report claims the Dutchman did not see eye to eye with De Gea from day one and was keen to replace him with Navas.
However, by the time Van Gaal got round to calling Navas, he had already given his word to Real Madrid. As a result, De Gea was given the go-ahead and has subsequently gone on to be Manchester United's most impressive performer.
Ready for a new move
Interestingly, the report also states that Van Gaal is ready to renew his interest in the 28-year-old this summer despite signing Victor Valdes on a free transfer last month. That suggests that De Gea could be on his way out of Old Trafford.
That is not completely unfeasible as De Gea has yet to commit his long-term future to the club. His current contract is set to expire in 2016 and speculation grows with every passing day. If a deal remains unsigned in the future, Manchester United may look to cash in instead of risking losing him for free a year later.
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Conveniently, it is Real Madrid, Navas' current club, who seem most interested in signing De Gea. It means the potential for a swap deal involving the two goalkeepers is highly plausible.
There is no denying that this claim is quite farfetched. What is most likely is Van Gaal wanted to sign Navas as back-up to De Gea. The Costa Rican international had just returned from a highly impressive World Cup and was available for cheap from La Liga strugglers Levante.
Anders Lindegaard was the only back-up available to Van Gaal for the first half of the season before Valdes eventually agreed a contract. Luckily, De Gea not only stayed fit, but proved to be one of the most in-form goalkeepers in world football.
He is now in talks with Manchester United officials, who are believed to be offering him a stunning deal worth around £200,000-a-week. That would make him the best paid goalkeeper in history.
For any Spaniard, however, the lure of Real Madrid is a strong one. The chance to succeed a national hero like Casillas will no doubt be tempting De Gea, encouraging him to take as much as he can before deciding where his long-term future lies.
That time will most likely come in the summer where Manchester United will tell him to sign up or get out.
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