Real Madrid are preparing a fresh attempt to sign David de Gea from Manchester United after being told they will be able to register new players in the summer transfer window as a result of an appeal against their transfer embargo.
Fifa have been forced to suspend the two-window ban after the Bernabeu club launched an official appeal against the decision. If the appeal fails, it will start in the January 2017 transfer window.
They now have the entire summer to invest in new players and have a big shortlist of stars. And, despite all that has happened, De Gea remains at the top of it.
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According to the Sunday People, Real Madrid are ready to start a new round of negotiations with the Red Devils with an opening bid of £23million in the pipeline.
That is likely to fall well short of Manchester United's asking price. Even with one-year left on his contract, Ed Woodward still managed to squeeze £29m out of his counterparts in the Spanish capital last summer in a deal that would later collapse.
Now, De Gea is tied down to Old Trafford until 2019, leaving the Red Devils under little pressure to sell. However, there appears to be a mutual understanding between De Gea and the Premier League club that his heart lies in his hometown.
There is, of course, a worry from Real Madrid that they alienated De Gea when their summer transfer collapsed so they have already put plans in place to patch that up. To say sorry, they are willing to offer the goalkeeper a huge signing-on bonus worth £6.5m.
Los Blancos came within minutes of completing the deal only for delays in the submission of paperwork preventing it going through. It must have been heartbreaking for De Gea, who had seen his name linked with the La Liga giants for much of the summer.