Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has agreed terms with Real Madrid according to reports in the Madrid press.
The Spanish international has just over a year left on his contract at Old Trafford and is yet to commit his future to the club amidst rumours that he could be eyeing up a move to Real Madrid.
The speculation has intensified as the summer window approaches and now Marca say that a deal is close. According to the Spanish newspaper, Los Bancos have agreed terms with De Gea worth an eye-watering £4 million-per-year after tax over five or six years.
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All that remains is to agree a fee with Manchester United, which could be in the region of £30 million according to Marca.
The 24-year-old has been one of the Red Devils' star performers this term and earned a spot on the PFA Team of the Year - while he was also voted as Manchester United's player of the year.
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So far De Gea hasn't indicated his plans for the future, but the longer he goes without signing a contract the more likely he is to be sold in the summer. Van Gaal moved to sign former Barcelona 'keeper Victor Valdes to an 18 month contract in the January transfer window to act as back up, and he would likely be promoted to the first team should De Gea move on.
Van Gaal spoke out about De Gea's future recently and admitted that while he wanted the former Atletico Madrid man to stay put, the final decision was out of his hands.
De Gea is believed to have been offered a contract worth £200,000-per-week in order to stay at Old Trafford beyond next year. “It takes a long time now,” Van Gaal said when asked about contract talks. “It can always happen, but I am not the boss.
“The player is the boss and he can say yes or no. I want him to stay, but you will have to ask David de Gea, not me. He has to sign, but we have offered him a lot of money.”
Real Madrid are looking for a long-term successor to Iker Casillas, who came in for heavy criticism for his role in Real Madrid's Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus in mid-week. Recent reports have suggested that Manchester United could look to north London and Tottenham to secure the man that could replace De Gea - French international Hugo Lloris.
However Lloris recently penned a long-term deal with Spurs and Manchester United have had difficulty dealing with club chairman Daniel Levy in the past which could make a transfer difficult.
It looks like the writing is on the wall for Manchester United, although you get the impression that Van Gaal knew that from the time he bought in Valdes.
For what it's worth Marca have a history of getting a little carried away and BBC Sport's Dan Roan claimed tonight that terms haven't been agreed yet. Sadly it feels as though it could only be a matter of time.
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