Newsflash: David de Gea’s future at Manchester United has been uncertain for quite some time now.
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Even at the end of last season during their 1-1 draw with Arsenal, which is likely to be his last appearance at Old Trafford, United’s fans sung “David de Gea, we want you to stay!” from the Stretford End.
Given the latest reports on Monday, that notion seems increasingly unlikely.
The Daily Mirror claims that De Gea has been offered a monstrous $18 million signing on fee by Real Madrid if he stays at United for another season and then signs for the Spanish giants on a free transfer next summer when his deal at Old Trafford is up.
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If true, this would likely infuriate Louis van Gaal, plus United’s directors, and De Gea’s exile from the first-team would continue.
But, United have put themselves in this position as the saga rumbles on with no conclusion in sight. De Gea has one-year left on his deal and their undisputed player of the season in 2014-15 can formally agree a move to a non-English club in January, with the move being completed next summer.
The price United want for De Gea is upwards of $45 million, so why wouldn’t Real tell the Spanish international to sit tight for a few months and save themselves around $30 million in the process? It is a no brainer and this situation is a little embarrassing for United.
One of the main things playing against the Red Devils and LVG is that Real are the only team legitimately interested in De Gea and most likely the only team he will leave the Red Devils for. After spending the past two games sat in the stands and watching on as new Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero has kept two clean sheets in 1-0 wins, De Gea is edging closer towards the exit.
If these reports of a monster signing on fee are true, you can understand exactly why. But you can also understand United’s stance to not sell De Gea for a penny less than their $45 million asking price. They don’t want to be seen as inferior to Real Madrid and would rather lose De Gea for nothing than let that happen.