Manchester United are worried that they could yet lose David de Gea this summer even if they offer him a lucrative new contract worth £200,000-a-week to stay.
According to the Manchester Evening News the Red Devils have come to terms with the fact that the Spaniard’s decision will come down ultimately to where he wants to play his football next season, not how much he is being offered in terms of money.
United vs Real
Given Real Madrid’s infamous financial power United are ready to match whatever sort of financial incentive De Gea might be offered to leave Old Trafford, but even then it might not be enough.
The 24-year-old has no problem with remaining in Manchester, where he has become a senior first-team player, but at the same time the issues remains that a glorious homecoming to Madrid would see him return a conquering hero.
Not only that but Real are said to be ready to make him Iker Casillas’ replacement between the sticks, which in turn should be enough to see him given the number one jersey for the Spanish national team as well. United look on course to be able to offer Champions League football once more next term but all the same De Gea’s allegiance is far from secure.
That’s not to say that they will readily accept the idea of losing him. The report in MEN details how United are poised to reject even the most impressive of offers coming from the Santiago Bernabeu as they see De Gea as essentially indispensable.
The current world-record transfer fee for a goalkeeper stands at £32.6 million - Gianluigi Buffon to Juventus - but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Real submit a figure in excess of that in their pursuit of this year’s Galactico signing.
The overriding issue the powers that be at Old Trafford are sweating over however is De Gea’s contract, which is due to expire next summer. The only thing worse than being forced to sell him this year would be for the club to lose him on a free transfer in 2016, and as a result it doesn’t look like a viable option.
Sadly that means that last season’s Player of the Year only has to highlight his desire to join Real for a deal to become a dangerously vivid prospect.
Not only can you bet that Florentino Perez will be banking on that, but it’s also a fair claim to suggest that he’ll be doing everything in his power to apply pressure on De Gea to make such an outcome the most likely possibility.
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