It's one of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer, and now it's taken another major turn. David de Gea has been left out of the match against Aston Villa, after also not being considered for Manchester United's opening match of the season against Tottenham.
During his press conference on Thursday, Louis van Gaal confirmed that the keeper had even asked not to be considered for the match at Villa, as it looks increasingly likely that the Spaniard will push through a move to Real Madrid.
In his press conference, Van Gaal said: “Frans Hoek (United Goalkeeping coach) … he has a meeting with David de Gea and he asked him: ‘Do you want to play?’”, and the keeper reportedly said "No.'
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If Madrid do so desperately want to sign De Gea, they will have to pay a world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper.
This record stands at £32 million, when Juventus forked out the money to sign Gianluigi Buffon from Parma in 2001, but as we know, Madrid are never afraid to pay the big bucks to sign the big players.
The saga continues
De Gea has been included in the squad for the two-legged Champions League play-off tie against Club Brugge, although even if he plays in that, he would still be eligible to play for Madrid in the group stage of the competition.
It is more than likely that Sergio Romero will continue in goals for United for the Villa game, after keeping a clean sheet in an impressive debut against Tottenham on the opening day.
Madrid do have two keepers in their ranks, with Keylor Navas and recent signing Kiko Casilla the options that the Spanish giants have between the sticks. Madrid though are still looking to get a deal done for De Gea, and don't be too surprised if this transfer goes all the way to the end.
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