Real Madrid have warned David de Gea that he risks missing his chance to play for the club if he does not agree to sign for them this summer, reports The Sun.
Should he fail to extend his current contract, the Manchester United goalkeeper could leave Old Trafford for free in 2016. With Iker Casillas still between the sticks at the Bernabeu, such a situation would seem perfect for Real Madrid.
Not so, it seems, as Florentino Perez is ready to push forward with his plans to replace the 33-year-old Los Blancos legend regardless of De Gea's future plans.
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Officials from the La Liga club have told De Gea that he will have to join this summer or risk falling off of their radar. It seems a little harsh considering the 24-year-old is probably the best goalkeeper in the world this year.
But Real Madrid know what they want and what they want is a new goalkeeper. They have other options, although Sun journalist Neil Custis has decided not to mention any of them.
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To provide further context, Real Madrid have been left concerned that De Gea may be planning on signing a new contract with Manchester United, but insisting on a release clause.
That will both ensure De Gea can seal a dream move to Real Madrid next summer and will also guarantee a decent transfer fee for the Red Devils. Louis van Gaal and his merry band of United officials value the goalkeeper at £50million.
Van Gaal has already confirmed that United have offered him a huge deal, but suggested his head is being turned by interest from his hometown.
An issue called Iker
They understand the lure of a move to Real Madrid, especially for a lad who grew up in the Spanish capital. They would be reluctant to sell this summer and would prefer to get his full transfer value next summer.
Casillas still has two years left on his contract so that would seem to be the perfect situation. But having been at Real Madrid for 25 years, Casillas may be looking for a fresh challenge himself.
As a show of good faith, the club may allow him to leave free of charge.
Are Real Madrid right to push for David de Gea to join them now or should they wait another year?
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