Super-agent Jorge Mendes will meet with Real Madrid today to discuss Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea's move to Spain.
De Gea is out of contract in the summer and has so far refused to put pen to paper on a new deal worth £200,000-per-week amidst reports he on his way to Bernabeu.
Rumours have been rife that Manchester United have conceded defeat in the battle to keep the Spanish international and now it seems as though the move is gathering pace. Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo report that Mendes will meet with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez in the hope of getting the deal wrapped up as soon as possible.
The Catalan paper also claim that Madrid's desire to get the deal done quickly is an attempt to steal some of the limelight away from Barcelona after they clinched a historic treble with victory in the Champions League final against Juventus.
Previously it's been claimed that Manchester United are holding out for a fee of at least £29 million and Mundo Deportivo say that Madrid have budgeted up to €40 million to get the deal done, so that shouldn't be a problem - while they also add that there's a chance that Madrid will wrap up a deal before Spain's upcoming fixture against Costa Rica.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is now likely to turn his attention to identifying a replacement for the Spaniard. Tottenham shotstopper Hugo Lloris is believed to be the man Van Gaal wants, although he signed a five year contract at White Hart Lane last year which makes a move unlikely despite the French international seeming keen.
He told Sky Sports: "I am still a Spurs player. I have a contract until 2019 and I have a lot of respect for the gaffer, the club and my teammates, so I don't want to speak about it [my future].
"For any player you need to play at the highest level to improve yourself to help your national team to improve. I think every player wants to play in the Champions League because it is the highest level. We work for that and I hope to play Champions League football again.
"At the moment, De Gea is still the Manchester United keeper so I have no need to talk about that."
It feels like De Gea's exit from Manchester United has been going on for an eternity. Countless reports appear across Europe every day but at least it seems as though the switch is gathering pace.
As for his replacement it seems as though the Red Devils have the right man for the job in Victor Valdes - at least for the short-term he'll fill a gap until a long-term option like Lloris becomes available next summer.
Is Victor Valdes really good enough to replace David De Gea?
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