New Madrid manager Rafael Benitez is due to take his team to Australia on 13 July and reports suggest he wants De Gea to be part of the squad before they depart.
With De Gea reportedly rejecting a new contract offer of £200,000 per week, it seems inevitable that the Spaniard will be in Madrid by the start of next season. However, Mark Ogden reports that Man United are adamant they will not be short-changed on the fee they receive for the Spanish stopper.
With only one year left on his contract, Real Madrid will be hoping to purchase United’s player of the year for a cut-price deal with an initial bid of approximately £20 million expected.
United have the choice of keeping De Gea until his contract comes to an end, at which point he will be allowed to leave on a free transfer. Nevertheless, after Louis van Gaal revealed that United already have a list of replacements drawn up, it seems the club are preparing for life without the 24-year-old.
Despite being a fans’ favourite, De Gea’s move to Madrid is looking more and more likely. It must feel like déjà vu for United fans, having seen Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham move to the Bernabeu in 2009 and 2003 respectively.
One thing for certain, is that all parties involved will look to bring an end to this transfer saga sooner rather than later, so both teams can proceed towards the start of next season accordingly.