David de Gea's tiring transfer saga appears to be drawing to a close, following reports as per the Daily Mail revealing that agent Jorge Mendes has arrived at Carrington, Manchester United's training ground, to discuss a new contract for the 24-year-old shot-stopper.
It's been nothing short of a hectic summer for the United and Spain goalkeeper, who came within inches of completing his dream move to Real Madrid, only for the deal to fail at the final hurdle.
In a dramatic turn of circumstances, however, it would seem that De Gea could sign a new mega-deal with the Red Devils in a bid to secure his future.
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Debate and doubt continues to circulate the Spaniard as to whether or not the paperwork was deliberately stalled or whether it was a genuine miscommunication between United and Madrid, with the deadline missed by a mere 30 minutes.
Los Blancos were fully expectant of the deal to go through, having offered the services of Costa Rican international and current no.1 Keylor Navas to the Manchester outfit with a view to sweeten the already lucrative offer of £29 million.
Ultimately, though, De Gea remained in Manchester, and United can count themselves extremely fortunate to have kept hold of such a talent who is widely regarded as one of the world's best goalkeepers.
Few 'keepers can lay claim to earning their team the amount of points that De Gea did last season for United. The Spain international was phenomenal throughout a season in which United once again struggled, and was largely to thank for the Red Devils securing the fourth Champions League spot.
And with Mendes seemingly in town to finalise negotiations over a new contract, United fans will be hopeful that a deal can be finalised and their prised asset can make his highly-anticipated return.
The deal in question will extend De Gea's contract and dramatically increase his wage, thought to be in the region of £4 million-per-year.
Whether it was through luck or resilience, United and Van Gaal have done extremely well to hold onto a player vital to their league aspirations, with fans merely hoping that not only will the contract extension fend off any future interest from Madrid, but that De Gea will return to action promptly in place of the inferior Sergio Romero.
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