A leaked document has revealed just how close David de Gea came to joining Real Madrid last summer.
The Manchester United goalkeeper was on the verge of joining Madrid, but the deal collapsed at the last moment because the necessary paperwork was not filed in time.
Both clubs blamed each other for the failed transfer, and De Gea went on to sign a new four-year contract at Old Trafford in September.
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Football Leaks - the website that has released documents regarding Gareth Bale, Anthony Martial and Mesut Ozil - has disclosed the transfer agreement between United and Madrid before the deal for the 25-year-old fell through.
The document - which is difficult to read but can be found here via Sport - reveals that De Gea was set to sign a six-year contract worth €11 million a season, with bonuses included depending on how many trophies he won.
The deal would have seen Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas head to United. Los Blancos signed the Costa Rica international in 2014 and that they were willing to exchange the goalkeeper even after the departure of club legend Iker Casillas in July shows how desperate they were to sign De Gea.
The former Atletico Madrid man, hoping to be Spain’s number one at this summer’s European Championships, has been a revelation for United over the past two seasons and has emerged as a fine shot-stopper.
One of the best
He is regarded as one of the world’s best goalkeepers and deserves to play for a team that can compete for the Champions League trophy. However, United were knocked out of the competition in the group stages and, currently fifth in the Premier League, face a fight to qualify for next season’s tournament.
Madrid have conceded more goals than Barcelona and Atletico Madrid - the two teams above them in the La Liga table.
No doubt they are deeply regretting not getting the deal for De Gea completed sooner.