Real Madrid remain keen on getting David de Gea to turn his back on Manchester United this summer, and are busy working behind the scenes to ensure they have the best possible chance of landing the 24-year-old.
According to information in Spanish daily El Confidencial, Los Blancos are ready to discuss a package for Iker Casillas’ departure, but have to approach the situation carefully as the one-club man has proven such a loyal servant to them over the years.
Having smashed numerous records during his time with the club, Casillas still has a large fan base at the Santiago Bernabeu and the player himself isn’t thought to be open to the idea of leaving. However, with Real becoming increasingly concerned that De Gea might sign a new deal at Old Trafford if they hesitate, they know time is running out to put forward an offer.
Naturally they won’t be in any position to do that unless Casillas consents to an exit, but the 33-year-old is well aware that time is on his side. Florentino Perez is doing his best to approach the subject with a view to causing as little controversy as possible, but sooner or later it the club may be left with an ultimatum; lose Casillas or altogether miss out on De Gea.
United's attempts at De Gea extension
Reports just this morning detailed how the youngster’s agent Jorge Mendes is busy negotiating with Ed Woodward over a new deal. If Real want to stand any chance of getting him in the near future the time is now.
Of course until De Gea is confirmed to have put pen to paper the opportunity will still remain, and if the summer transfer window opens and his future is still uncommitted, Real will surely fancy their chances. De Gea has lived and thrived in Madrid before remember, and the plusses of him becoming the next Galactico are there for all to see.
All smiles in Manchester?
And yet with each passing week it looks increasingly likely that he’ll extend his stay in the Premier League. Having become an integral part of Van Gaal’s squad this term it’s said United will make him the highest paid goalkeeper in the world to retain his services, and £200,000-a-week is a tidy bonus given that the Red Devils look a safe bet for Champions League football next term.
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