The Champions League winners came desperately close to signing the Spaniard back in 2015 and have continued to express their interest in bringing him to the Bernabeu ever since.
But De Gea is relaxed in Manchester and recently noted that he did not receive the same level of respect and affection in Spain compared to England.
And according to Spanish media outlet Marca, Zinedine Zidane has now set his sights on securing the services of Alisson instead.
Nobody could blame De Gea for wanting to jump ship ahead of what turned out to be one of the dourest campaigns in living memory at Old Trafford.
But circumstances are different now. The 27-year-old has since asserted himself as the best shot stopper in the world and, in the process, garnered the universal love of United supporters. You can tell he feels and deeply appreciates the affection with which he is held by the fanbase. Leaving for a club that, whilst far more successful, would not treat him in the same way makes very little sense at all.