Money isn’t an object in David De Gea’s quest to engineer a move from Manchester United to Real Madrid, according to Spanish paper Marca.
The notoriously pro-Real Madrid publication says the 24-year-old has turned down a much more lucrative contract offer from United in the hopes of moving to the Bernabeu.
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Madrid is offering around $5.5 million per year for De Gea, but the Marca report claims the keeper is being offered closer to $8 million per season over six years.
The package on offer at Old Trafford is a lot more lucrative than the one on the table at the Bernabéu. To be specific, it is worth in the region of 14 million euros more over six years, money that the Spain international is willing to pass up in order to fulfil his dream of playing for Real Madrid.
The Premier League giants now know that there is no point straining to close the stable door, because the horse has bolted.De Gea has already agreed terms in the Spanish capital, where he will initially pocket just over 5m euros a year, and is simply sitting tight and hoping for the situation to be resolved as soon as possible.
The report also claims that Madrid won’t come close to the $45 million asking price.
It seems all but a certainty that De Gea will wind up at Real Madrid. United won’t want to carry the reputation of holding players hostage, and they’ve certainly made a move to address the position with Sergio Romero, Argentina’s No. 1 keeper.