Manchester United’s chances of keeping hold of David de Gea have taken yet another blow as it’s emerged that Paris Saint-Germain have joined Real Madrid in the race for his signature.
Los Blancos are intent of replacing Iker Casillas with the Red Devils stopper this summer and United chiefs are panicking to tie him down to a new deal before the transfer window opens as a result. Now though the likes of Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward will have another issue to contend with; interest coming from the elite team in France.
According to a report published today in France Football magazine, as relayed by newspaper Le 10 Sport, PSG boss Laurent Blanc is ready to step up his search for an upgrade on current number one Salvatore Sirigu and De Gea is the first name on his list.
Tottenham Hotspur star Hugo Lloris is another mooted target, but the presence of the France international won’t relieve growing fears at Old Trafford any.
Van Gaal will be all too aware by now that he has perhaps the best young stopper in the world and De Gea’s performances for the Dutchman to date will have done little to quell interest coming from Europe’s superpowers.
Possible move this summer
Indeed both Real and PSG boast enough financial backing to secure all but the most ridiculous of transfers and if United can’t convince their star man to sign a new deal soon they’ll be leaving the door open for his possible exit.
If it’s a toss-up between the two then one would assume Real would rank higher in De Gea’s estimations, particularly given that he has history in the club’s city, albeit it with rivals Atletico Madrid. Something else that could become a factor in his decision is the fact that if he moves to replace Santiago Bernabeu legend Iker Casillas it could serve as a changing of the guard.
Real over PSG?
By that I mean that his chances of doing the same thing at international level would be significantly boosted. At the moment Casillas remains Vicente del Bosque’s favoured man in goal, though being first-choice at Spain’s biggest club might have a fair bit to do with that.
On top of that there’s the fact that Ligue 1 wouldn’t challenge him nearly as much as the Premier League does. In fairness to France’s top division it produces great players on an annual basis, but the overall strength compared to Europe’s other top leagues is reflected by the fact that no French club has won the Champions League since 1993.
United fans, is there any chance De Gea would swap United for PSG and cut Real out the loop? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments box below.
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