David de Gea could agree to join Real Madrid as early as the middle of next week, according to the latest reports coming out of his home nation of Spain.
The surprise twist has occurred thanks to Iker Casillas coming to the decision that he does not want to stand in the way of the club’s interests, with Real seemingly having made it clear that De Gea is the goalkeeper they want moving forward.
Spanish television station TVE, as relayed by The Independent newspaper, are now reporting that Casillas has resolved to take his leave of the Santiago Bernabeu, leaving the door wide open for Real to complete a deal for De Gea imminently.
With Rafael Benitez having been officially sworn in as the new manager in the Spanish capital there doesn’t appear to be anything standing in his way of capturing De Gea, particularly since rumours are abound now that the player himself is ready and willing to take Los Blancos up on their offer.
The sale of Casillas, who TVE also claim wants to remain in Europe, will close the door on a truly remarkable Real career for the ‘keeper, who has featured more than 700 times for the former European champions and was widely regarded as the best stopper in the world for most of the last decade.
However, since mid-way through the tenure of Jose Mourinho Casillas has been criticised for under-performing, and the general consensus at the Bernabeu is that a change of the guard is needed, an idea that would probably be echoed on the Spanish international front.
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Enter De Gea, who has risen to become one of the most acclaimed goalkeepers in Europe despite initially struggling when he joined United from Atletico Madrid.
The two-time Old Trafford Player of the Year is obviously a coveted player under Van Gaal but the Red Devils are sure to take the stance that it’s better for all parties that he is sold if he doesn’t want to stay.
In any case Casillas’ departure, though sure to be of great interest to Liverpool and Arsenal, means that De Gea’s future is sure to be decided either way before very long.
TVE may claim that a deal could materialise for the Spaniard as early as next week, though with the summer transfer window not even yet opened it’s not as if the powers that be at Real are working to any immediate deadline.
United fans, do you think De Gea is going to take his leave of the club? If he does who would you want Van Gaal to replace him with? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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