In what is an election year at Real Madrid, President, Florentino Perez is keen to make a marquee signing that will make a statement about the ambition of the club and it is believed Real will make a new bid for Manchester United’s David de Gea.
The 26-year-old shot stopper had long been linked with a move back to his homeland and it is reported that Man United are preparing themselves for a £60m bid for the services of their number 1 goalie. De Gea is 10/1 to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid as his family is settled in the Spanish capital.
United will more than likely only deal with Madrid if the bid is more than £70m and with two years left on his current deal, they feel the 12-time Champions League winners won’t want to spend that much on a goalkeeper.
De Gea is more settled at the club under Jose Mourinho than he was under Louis van Gaal. The Spanish No.1 almost moved to Santiago Bernabeu in 2015, but a gaffe about paperwork derailed the deal and ensured that he stayed at the club.
Current Madrid No.1 Keylor Navas has impressed ever since his move from Levante back in 2014 and more particularly impressive as the club won their second Champions League title in as many years. United looked to settle De Gea and brought in his mentor Emiliano Alvarez as the goalkeeper trainer in a bid to make him stay at Old Trafford.
In his six years at the Theatre of Dreams, De Gea has grown into one of the very best goalkeepers in the world and won the club’s Player of the Year award for three consecutive years from 2014-2016, a feat never matched at the club.
Real Madrid want more Spanish internationals in their squad and believe that signing De Gea has a Galactico feel, as they have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe. Since joining from Atletico Madrid in a £19m deal to replace club legend Van der Sar in 2011, De Gea has made 269 appearances for the 20-time English champions, winning the League, League Cup, FA Cup and Europa League in that time.
Mourinho and De Gea are said to have a good relationship but some issues came up at the tail end of last season after he was benched in the last three games of the season, including the Europa League final. Whether they are still there remains to be seen.