Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been heavily linked to a move to Real Madrid for the last couple of years. Back in 2015, a deal to send him to Los Blancos for £29 million and goalkeeper Keylor Navas was near completion with the deal only falling through because the paperwork was not submitted on time. Since then, the Madrid native has been rumored to head back to his hometown in the following transfer windows with many experts almost certain that a deal will eventually go through.
After months of speculation, according to the Spanish newspaper Marca via the Express, Real have finally gotten their man, having agreed a deal with United to sign De Gea. The Spaniard has been vocal with United manager Jose Mourinho about wanting to leave, one of the reasons why he was dropped for two games. Mourinho was angry and told De Gea to wait until the summer to decide his future. “I’m not interested in talking about speculation, I don’t think he should be interested in talking about it either,” he said. “We’re playing against very important teams, every game is crucial and I don’t see that David is having any problems with this. The end of the season is the time when players can think about what will happen to their careers.”
De Gea, however is already planning on a move back to Madrid, where he played for Atletico until signing for United in 2011. He has reportedly sold his £3.85 million house in England and his girlfriend is reportedly looking for houses in Madrid. Despite his desire to leave, United will not be letting him go cheaply as De Gea is set to cost Real a fee of around £60 million, destroying the record for most expensive goalkeeper formerly held by long-time Juventus stopper Gianluigi Buffon.
Marca claim that United will sign Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart as De Gea’s replacement. Currently on loan at Italian side Torino, Hart is an outcast under Pep Guardiola, with the Spaniard preferring a goalkeeper with better footwork. Other goalkeeping targets United have been linked with are AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.