David de Gea is keen to complete his long-awaited move to Real Madrid within the next three days, with Manchester United having lowered their asking price to €35million.
Various obstacles have appeared to stand in the way of the Spaniard’s exit from Old Trafford this summer in the past few weeks, the most obvious one being United’s stance over how much they would be receiving.
United back off
Despite the fact De Gea has just 12 months left to run on his contract with the Red Devils his club were initially holding out for around €46m, a world-record sum for a goalkeeper. Obviously Real weren’t keen in the slightest to meet that figure, but they’ve been probing all the same.
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Now, if Spanish newspaper AS are to be believed, the pressure has finally forced United into caving, with De Gea seemingly not wanting to return to Carrington to begin pre-season training this Monday.
It’s believed that he is of the mindset that a deal will be completed in the next few days, meaning he would be a Real player by the time his current club begin their preparation for the forthcoming campaign.
Replacing De Gea
In any case his departure looks more of a formality now than a possibility, and that will inevitably spell bad news for Louis van Gaal, who now has to decide who his next first-choice goalkeeper will be.
The Dutchman has Victor Valdes waiting in reserve following his January arrival, though rumour has it pegged that he might target Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris or Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic.
Meanwhile it remains to be seen what De Gea’s transfer will mean for United’s chances of landing Sergio Ramos, who is of course said to be disgruntled at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 29-year-old has been a regular starter for Los Blancos for ten years now and has a reputation as one of the most classy centre-backs in the world, making him a viable candidate to strengthen Van Gaal’s defensive setup.
Unsurprisingly though Real have lofty demands to be met before they’ll even consider parting ways with the former Sevilla man, and since he still has two years left to run on his contract there’s no need for them to panic-sell in the way United might with De Gea.
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