Manchester United finally confirmed their first signing of the January transfer window on Thursday as experienced goalkeeper Victor Valdes put pen to paper on an 18-month deal with the Red Devils.
This news has been welcomed by the United faithful, but many supporters are understandably concerned that the arrival of the Spanish goalkeeper indicates that David de Gea will leave Old Trafford - potentially as early as this summer - for Real Madrid.
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Depending on whether you’re more inclined to believe reports from the British or Spanish press, De Gea is either desperate to secure a return to La Liga - or he’s on the brink of signing a contract extension with the Premier League giants.
David de Gea saga
The Sun published a story earlier today claiming that De Gea is on the brink of signing a £140,000-a-week deal with the Red Devils - making him the highest-paid goalkeeper in history.
But this is at odds with what Spanish newspaper AS are led to believe. They report that De Gea feels his time at Old Trafford has been completed and that he “yearns” for a return to Spain - and, more specifically, Madrid.
Lindegaard/Krul swap deal
In other Manchester United goalkeeper-related news, third-choice Anders Lindegaard could be used as bait to sign Newcastle United’s Tim Krul, according to Danish newspaper BT.
However, it seems United will only make a move for Krul if De Gea completes a move to the Bernabeu this summer.
Mats Hummels' dad speaks out
Meanwhile, the father of Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels - the wonderfully named Hermann Hummels - has quashed reports linking his son with a big-money transfer to Manchester United.
The Red Devils are apparently set to launch a £35 million bid for the World Cup winner, in a bid to significantly strengthen their defensive options.
Diego Godin's demands
United are also tempted to activate the £28 million release clause of Atletico Madrid’s talismanic centre-back Diego Godin - but only if they fail to lure Hummels to Old Trafford.
The Uruguay international would be interested in playing under Louis van Gaal if Manchester United are prepared to double his wages.
Adnan Januzaj's future
And finally, Van Gaal apparently has doubts over whether Adnan Januzaj is good enough for Manchester United.
The Belgian winger, who was handed the club’s iconic No. 11 shirt last summer, could still leave Old Trafford on loan this month. Two Premier League clubs are interested, while former United boss David Moyes would love to bring the player to Real Sociedad.
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