Real Madrid remain convinced that they will sign David de Gea from Manchester United this summer as they prepare for a period of heavy investment.
The Spanish goalkeeper was only minutes away from becoming a Real Madrid player last summer but collapsed after the official papers were submitted to FIFA two minutes after the transfer window closed.
Thus started a period of childish name-calling between officials from both the Bernabeu and Old Trafford. Unsurprisingly, both clubs blamed each other for the failed agreement.
An apparent breakdown in relations between United's executive Ed Woodward and Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez appeared to suggest that De Gea's dream of returning to his hometown were over, but that seems to be far from the truth with Real Madrid preparing for another summer-long pursuit.
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According to the Daily Mail, Real Madrid are confident that De Gea still wants to play for them and will agitate his way out of Old Trafford if necessary. Having signed a long-term contract last year, United will have far more negotiating power than they did back then.
But Real Madrid are more determined than ever to bring the 25-year-old back to the city where he first came to prominence, albeit with city rivals Atletico. They have the threat of a two-window transfer embargo in January meaning this summer could be their last chance to recruit until 2018.
Not that easy
However, Real Madrid may face more problems than they think. According to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, De Gea would not force his way out of Manchester simply because that is not the kind of person he is.
Here's what Balague told Sky Sports:
"It sounds so un-De Gea like, for a player to put a manager in that kind of position.
"And especially when now that we are all hearing that the club want Van Gaal to stay for now.
"Of course it would be a way to force his [De Gea's] way out for sure. But De Gea would not do that.
"When he has been in that position, when he has been asked to rebel against Manchester United, every time he has said no.
"When he didn't manage to go to Madrid, he put his head down, didn't complain, started working and in a few weeks became the No 1 again."
Then again, reports on Tuesday have suggested that De Gea will only agree to stay if Jose Mourinho becomes United's new manager this summer.
The Portuguese has been widely tipped to replace Louis van Gaal once the season is concluded and it appears the goalkeeper is hoping those rumours are true.
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