Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville explained during commentary of the game between Arsenal and his old side yesterday for Sky Sports, that he feels the writing is on the wall for David De Gea.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that Manchester United aren’t going to stand in De Gea’s way over his reported dream to go back to Spain, having played for Atletico Madrid before his move to Old Trafford.
Neville has suggested that Real Madrid’s history in terms of ensuring they get their man, means there is very little his old team can now do.
“Real Madrid, once they get their teeth into a player, they are very aggressive and they get their man – It could be a familiar story,” he said.
Should De Gea leave, it’s going to be a bitter blow for United because the Spaniard’s performances this season have been world class.
If it wasn’t for De Gea, the club would definitely have conceded a higher volume of goals and ultimately, wouldn’t have as many points.
However, there are options for the club. If United do a straight cash deal, they’ll be in a good position to invest heavily in a replacement like Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur of Asmir Begovic of Stoke.
It may also be the case that United could work negotiations to their advantage in terms of trying to get a player coming the other way such as Gareth Bale, who would be a superb attacking signing for the club.
The position of goalkeeper will be in safe hands because of Victor Valdes’ experience, but replacing De Gea is going to be a huge challenge for the club.