According to reports in Spain, Manchester United have named their asking rate for goalkeeper David de Gea – who is regarded by many as the finest shot stoppers of this generation. The Spaniard has been the number one at Old Trafford since his move away from Atletico Madrid, and if reports are to be believed, he could be on his way back to the Spanish capital in the summer.
La Liga giants Real Madrid, who are going through a tough run of form, have been heavily linked with the Spaniard since the summer of 2015. At that point in time, de Gea seemed to be keen on a move and it looked likely to happen, but due to a fax machine fiasco, the goalkeeper stayed put at the Manchester outfit and signed an extension a few months later.
However, Madrid have now rekindled their interest in the player and will reportedly have to shell out €130 million for his services. De Gea’s performances haven’t dipped since they were last interested in signing him, which explains their persistence in getting the deal over the line. While their number one Keylor Navas hasn’t done that bad a job, he is not quite up to the Spaniard’s calibre, and to represent Los Blancos one needs to be of a certain pedigree.
Should Real match United’s asking rate for de Gea, it will be a world-record fee ever paid for a goalkeeper. Currently the record is held by Red Devils’ cross-town rivals Manchester City when they paid north of €40 million to sign Ederson from Benfica.
That being said, de Gea hasn’t spoken about being discontent with life at United, and neither have there been any murmurs surrounding Old Trafford pointing toward a probably exit in the summer. He is understood to have a good rapport with manager Jose Mourinho and his teammates, and it seems like United are moving in the right direction to winning silverware, and de Gea could play a pivotal role in their quest for supremacy.