As it panned out, De Gea’s silence on the subject was telling and it is clear he wants to make the switch to Spain.
The issue if a divisive one for United fans. Many supporters feel he owes the club for making him into a world-class player while others understand his wish to be closer to his family and girlfriend.
We asked our Twitter followers for their thoughts on whether or not their opinion of De Gea will change if a potential transfer breaks down and he ends up staying at Old Trafford:
@PeoplesPerson_ Nah. Fair play, even if he left in a year or two, respect his (assumed) not kicking off and doing his job.
— Kev L. Thomas (@Kev_LT) July 3, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ I'd love to know the reasons why it took so long. The last couple of months have taken the shine off him a bit.
— Lewiss (@LewissCharles) July 3, 2015
— Jacob @MagicalMemphis) July 3, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ he would still be loved and a fan favourite. Can't blame him much if he decides to move on anyways.
— hemanth (@HBK_MUFC) July 3, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ if he wants to leave, let him. No time for players who don't want to play for United. Disrespectful to fans who stood by him
— Tom (@TomH910) July 3, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Players come and go, and as long as he doesn't bad mouth the club we've always supported, we should respect his wishes.
— Philip Gatt (@philgatt) July 3, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Man wants to live in his native country, and city, with his girlfriend. Story ends there.
— Chris McHugh (@CMcHugh_) July 3, 2015
— H (@H1ZZO) July 3, 2015
United fans may get upset about the potential move but it is apparent that his decision has nothing to do with money.
De Gea’s girlfriend, Edurne Garcia, is based in Madrid so it is understandable for him to want to be closer to his loved ones.
However, it will still be a bitter pill to swallow if he does leave Old Trafford. Supporters have seen him grow from a scrawny youngster to a world-class goalkeeper and he almost single-handedly dragged United into the top four last season.