Manchester United have told Real Madrid that star performer David de Gea is not for sale at any price, after holding initial talks with the Spaniards concerning their interest in striking a deal.
Strong speculation has insisted that Real will aggressively pursue a transfer this summer as they see De Gea as the ideal long-term replacement for Iker Casillas, and given the players ties to his homeland and Real’s magnificent reputation, the feasibility of an agreement is fairly high.
However the most recent reports coming out of Spain, specifically from radio station COPE, claim that United have told their European counterparts in no uncertain terms that they will not play ball regarding De Gea’s future and want to keep the 24-year-old in Manchester.
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The former Atletico Madrid man’s current deal is up next summer and the Red Devils are frantically trying to tie him down to a new pact, though at the moment there has been no breakthrough so to speak.
What’s more it’s said that Real aren’t convinced United’s stance is legitimate; they believe the English giants are simply trying to ramp up the price, and that might cause Florentino Perez to back out of the bidding.
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Only yesterday was it said that the Santiago Bernabeu chief might include Fabio Coentrao in an effort to lower the sum United are waiting for, and it very much seems as though for once Real don’t want to be held to ransom.
That said the ball is in their court somewhat due to the fact that De Gea’s contract is nearing it’s end. United are believed to have placed an offer on the table that would make their number one the highest paid stopper in the Premier League, but if he is keen to switch allegiances he only needs to wait one more year to be able to do so.
What the future holds
That scenario - one that would see De Gea leave for nothing - is something Van Gaal won’t want to bear thinking about, perhaps making the idea of United cashing in on him if he voices a desire to leave substantiated.
De Gea isn’t the only ‘keeper linked with Real, Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic and Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno are other options, but the Spaniard is certainly the most naturally suited. Having played in La Liga before he knows the style better than the other two candidates, and his reputation as one of the world’s best goalkeepers despite his young age makes him a tantalising prospect for Perez.
United fans, is there any chance Van Gaal will say no to cashing in on De Gea this summer? Is it already a foregone conclusion that he will be sold? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.