A newspaper in Spain claims the United 'keeper is keen on a move to the Bernabeu.
Transfer rumours originating in Spain are no more likely to be true than those emanating from England. So Manchester United fans are sure to read the latest reports linking David de Gea with a move to Real Madrid with a roll of the eyes and a substantial pinch of salt.
But that is exactly what has happened this morning, with Spanish newspaper El Confidencial claiming de Gea and those close to him are seeking a move to the Bernabeu.
The report claims Real are close to parting with Iker Casillas (no secret there) and have no intention of putting their long-term goalkeeping future in the hands of current number one Diego Lopez.
Acknowledging the considerable improvement de Gea has shown since his shaky introduction to English football, the newspaper says the United stopper is now among the best in the Premier League, before claiming that his agent and close family are with him in desiring a return to La Liga.
“All, the family, the player and the representative, marked a common goal: sign for Real Madrid,” the paper states.
It then adds that, “Manchester United will oppose strongly any transaction, although this does not mean that the transfer is unlikely. The option of performing an operation with Casillas as an integral part of the same (deal) is not crazy.”
It is a swap-deal that has been mooted before. But given de Gea’s emergence at Old Trafford, it is one that makes little sense for United.
Casillas is undoubtedly among the best goalkeepers in Europe, but de Gea is well on the way to emulating him. And 10 years Casillas’s junior, the former Atletico Madrid man is someone United will do everything in their power to keep.
In truth, his past may play the most significant part in deciding his future. El Confidencial may claim it is possible, but would a one-time Atletico man – who has previously stated his desire to return to his former club one day – instead opt for their great rivals?
Perhaps it is a slow news day. Or perhaps given the current goalkeeping situation at the Bernabeu, Real are sounding out potential saviours. But as de Gea continues his impressive trajectory, David Moyes may indeed find it increasingly difficult to keep him.
Do you think there is anything in the reports linking de Gea with a move away? Or will he be at Old Trafford for the long haul?
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