Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has reportedly reached an agreement to join Real Madrid this summer.
According to reports in Spain, De Gea has agreed personal terms over a move to the Bernabeu with Marca reporting that he will depart this summer and replace Iker Casillas.
That would leave Manchester United to agree terms with Real Madrid over a transfer fee, something that would not be too much of a problem if De Gea makes it clear he wants to return to Spain. Real Madrid are also willing to pay a world record fee for a goalkeeper to make a deal happen, with a figure in the €50m region mentioned.
The goalkeeper has been stalling over a new Manchester United contract and reportedly rejected the chance to sign a £200,000-a-week extension earlier this week. He has been heavily linked with a return to La Liga this season, with Real Madrid eager to secure a long-term successor to the legendary Casillas.
De Gea is Florentino Perez’s top transfer target for this summer, although uncertainty over the club’s manager may delay a deal - at least initially. Carlo Ancelotti’s future at the Bernabeu is up in the air in the wake of Champions League elimination this week.
Marca report that Jorge Mendes, the super-agent who also represents Cristiano Ronaldo, advised De Gea to turn down the United contract offers and instead seek a move to Madrid.
United are under pressure to make a decision because De Gea’s contract runs out in 13 months time, so they need to act fast in the transfer market if they want to get near full market value for the keeper.
It looks like Manchester United are preparing for life without De Gea, as Louis van Gaal admitted on Friday that the club has a shortlist of candidates to replace him.
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