Real Madrid believe they have finally broken through an impasse in their attempts to sign Manchester United star David de Gea, reports The Sun.
Widespread reports emerged on Tuesday afternoon in several of England's biggest publications that the La Liga outfit are close to completing a £30m deal.
The source claims that De Gea has already said his goodbyes to his Manchester United team-mates and is expected to complete a deal in the coming days.
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Losing De Gea will come as a massive blow to Louis van Gaal, who has seen the goalkeeper emerge as one of the best in the world at Old Trafford this season.
Ed Woodward pulled out all the stops to try to convince him to stay, offering to make him the best paid goalkeeper in history with a £200,000-a-week deal.
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However, the chance to return to Madrid, his hometown, and play for Los Blancos has proved too tempting to turn down.
Source confirms deal
A source close to the player said: “It looks to be done now, he is finally going.”
Another added: “He has said his goodbyes.”
Succeeding Iker Casillas
Real Madrid have been courting the Spain international for most of the current season. With his contract expiring in 2016, the Bernabeu spin doctors did their best to make sure De Gea did not agree to extend his stay in Manchester.
However, a huge obstacle to any deal was the continued presence of Iker Casillas at Real Madrid. The 33-year-old remains the captain and No.1 goalkeeper as well as a fan favourite.
Displacing him would be a formidable task for De Gea, but Casillas recently confirmed he would welcome to arrival of his compatriot.
Impossible to replace
Manchester United will receive £30m for De Gea; a huge sum considering the remaining time on his contract, but will find it tough to replace such a talent ahead of next season.
Van Gaal has Victor Valdes in reserve, but has also been linked with a move for Tottenham's Hugo Lloris and Chelsea's Petr Cech.
Both would require extensive negotiations and money to bring to Old Trafford and neither could guarantee to match the formidable form of De Gea.
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