David De Gea has been “leaving” Manchester United and “headed” to Real Madrid for going on three years now, with the never-ending transfer saga climaxing on transfer deadline day, Aug. 2015, when one (or both, depending on who you ask) of the sides failed to submit the necessary paperwork for an agreed upon transfer in a timely manner.
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Fast forward nearly 24 months, and Man United have enjoyed two more stellar seasons with Spain’s no. 1 in goal at Old Trafford. With UEFA Champions League football on tap for the 2017-18 season, one might assume that United will comfortably hold onto the 26-year-old with relative ease this summer.
Actually, you’d be wrong to assume such a thing, as Los Blancos have reportedly reignited their pursuit of De Gea with a $77-million bid three days before they’re set to take on Juventus in the Champions League final, on Saturday. According to the report from Sky Sports, the bid was swiftly rejected by United.
De Gea has two years left on his current contract, signed in Sept. 2015. The summer of 2017 should see him sign another new, long-term deal which would likely bump his weekly wages by another $50,000 in an effort to ward off future advances from his (other) hometown club.