Speaking to Sky Sports, Spanish football expert Graham Hunter has warned Manchester United that keeping David de Gea from the clutches of Real Madrid will prove a far from straightforward task.
De Gea, 24, has been linked with Real for several months after starting the season in fantastic form, and Spanish sports newspaper Marca have claimed that the goalkeeper would be open to the idea of a move to the Bernabeu.
With 18 months left on his current contract, United are desperate to tie their star shot-stopper down to a new deal, but the spending-power of the La Liga giants could leave them cornered in the near future.
According to the likes of Mirror, a swap deal for Gareth Bale has been mooted but, while Hunter has dismissed that scenario, he believes that De Gea could well force a transfer back to his homeland if a new contract doesn’t materialise soon.
“Madrid definitely do want him and I’ve been advised De Gea is tempted,” he said.
“United have their work cut out and it’s not a new story that he’s going to go, but they genuinely have their work cut out. Maybe that fits with why they signed Victor Valdes.
“I think there is a fighting chance that if the right money on the table De Gea will tell Man United, ‘I’m interested, I am tempted.’”
It still seems too soon for United fans to panic at this stage but, given how events have unfolded in the past with both David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, one wouldn’t be surprised if De Gea does end up being the next star to swap Old Trafford for the Spanish capital.