The Spaniard was on the verge of a move to the Bernabeu back in August 2015, only for the deal to fall through during the dying moments of the transfer window.
It was reported by Marca earlier in the season that the release clause on De Gea’s new contract stretched to €65m.
However, according to the Mail Online‘s Jack Gaughan, there is no such clause included in De Gea’s contract, meaning that Madrid will have to launch an astronomical bid to land the Spaniard’s signature this summer.
One can understand why Man United fans have developed something of an over-reliance on De Gea over the past few years: the post-Fergie era, after all, has been hallmarked by the superb Spaniard digging a mediocre-at-best defence out of trouble on numerous occasions. The number of times he preserved Louis van Gaal‘s time at Old Trafford is nothing short of startling.
But with Mourinho now at the helm, perhaps we can adopt a different mindset. De Gea, whilst still important, is no longer the standout performer in this current side, with attacking talents such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan generating a far greater influence. Manically bemoaning his departure would be to miss the wider message conveyed by the badge: that attack, and not the man between the sticks, comes first.