Real Madrid ready to make an initial move for David De Gea – report

by Tanveer Arayan

Real Madrid are ready to make an initial move for David De Gea next week as they look to test Manchester United’s determination to keep the Spaniard, according to the Telegraph.

Man United are yet to receive an approach from the Spanish club even though Sky Sports claimed a £60m bid had been rejected last week, however, a formal move is expected to be made soon.

They tried to sign De Gea two years ago which would have seen Keylor Navas move to Old Trafford as part of a £29 million package but the deal fell through on transfer deadline day in September 2015.

James Ducker claims Real believe they can sign De Gea this time around as they seek a long-term upgrade on Navas even though they understand a move would cost in excess of £60 million for the United goalkeeper.

United insist he is not for sale and they’re in a much stronger position within negotiations than at the time when De Gea had entered the final year of his contract.

He signed a four-year contract worth £200,000 a week following the failed move which commits him to Old Trafford until June 2019, with the option of another 12 months.

Manchester City’s £34.8 million deal for the inexperienced Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes also means a price for De Gea could be increased as the world’s best goalkeeper.

He was valued at £29 million two years ago but now United will be reluctant to accept a deal worth at least twice that

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