Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea may or may not be the subject of Real Madrid's desires this summer, depending entirely on who has more say over the transfer dealings at the Bernabeu.
The Spaniard came within minutes of becoming a Real Madrid star last year only for a broken fax machine to stop the deal in its tracks. Both clubs had dragged their heels over a deal until the final moments of the transfer window and the final papers were submitted two minutes after the deadline had passed.
Much has changed since that fateful September evening. De Gea has signed a new long-term contract with the Red Devils and Keylor Navas has emerged as a genuine star for Real Madrid. One thing that has not changed is president Florentino Perez's intentions.
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According to Mundo Deportivo, Perez is still very much interested in bringing De Gea to the Bernabeu and has every intention of launching a renewed bid to sign him this summer. However, he faces opposition from his head coach Zinedine Zidane.
Zidane has let it be known that he is very much a fan of having Navas in goal and is worried the arrival of De Gea will see the Costa Rican leave.
The French manager has proved very popular with the players since taking over in January and will be in charge for at least another campaign after guiding Los Blancos to their 11th Champions League title. Needless to say, his reservations over De Gea will not fall on deaf ears.
But manager's have an infamously small amount of power when sitting in the Real Madrid hot seat with Perez taking charge on all major transfer decisions in the recent past. Indeed, Mesut Ozil's departure in 2013 and Angel di Maria's in 2014 were not made by Carlo Ancelotti, nor was the arrivals of Gareth Bale or James Rodriguez.
De Gea's choice
Even if Real Madrid do make a bid for De Gea, it will be up to the goalkeeper to decide whether or not he wants to leave Old Trafford. Although there will be no Champions League football on offer next season, the fact that Jose Mourinho will be in charge may convince him to stay.
The Special One is being given a transfer budget of £250million and De Gea has been assured that he remains a key part of his future plans. The expertise of Mourinho coupled with a huge spending spree could supercharge their Premier League title hopes.
And the latest word from the Manchester Evening News is that the 25-year-old is happy to stay and see what occurs under the stewardship of United's fourth different manager in the space of four seasons.
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