From Spain: Real Madrid preparing to pay David de Gea’s €65 million release clause

by Leo Nieboer

Real Madrid are preparing to activate David de Gea‘s €65m release clause over the summer transfer window, according to reports from Spain.

The Spanish side were on the cusp of securing De Gea’s signature back in August 2015 but the move fell through after Madrid failed to submit all the relevant paperwork before the transfer window shut.

It was recently reported that Zinedine Zidane had given up on his pursuit of De Gea, expressing a preference for Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois instead.

But according to Marca‘s Jose Felix Diaz, Madrid have reignited their interest in the 26-year-old ahead of the summer transfer window.

One can understand why Madrid would refuse to give up on De Gea without a fight. They are, after all, a strictly political club, obsessed with how their image is perceived across the world. And following their failure to capture De Gea, alongside missing out on Paul Pogba over the summer, you sense that Florentino Perez will want to make a statement this summer with regards to the Spaniard.

Losing De Gea would be a difficult pill to swallow, but Manchester United’s reliance on the keeper has significantly shrunk since Jose Mourinho arrived at the club, and they would – should the deal go through – have the funds to seek out another supreme talent between the sticks during the next transfer window.

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