Manchester United have reportedly quoted the price for which David De Gea could be available to buy for Real Madrid in the summer.
According a report in the Daily Mail, David De Gea does not have a release clause in his contract with Manchester United, and Real Madrid will have to pay a fee that is more than double the world record sum for a goalkeeper in order to secure the Spanish goalkeeper’s services.
De Gea has been the standout for Manchester United in recent seasons, and has evolved into one of the best goalkeepers in the world thanks to his superlative performances in goal by making several crucial saves for the Red Devils over the years.
This season has been quite different for the 26-year-old as compared to previous campaigns, as he hasn’t been called into action as frequently. But he has still made the difference on many occasions, coming up with world class saves that have won Manchester United several games.
The numbers prove that he is one of the best in the Premier League too, conceding just 23 goals in 27 matches, while keeping 10 clean sheets – all second best figures in the English top flight. But, that comes at a price for Manchester United, as that has put a target on the back of De Gea.
Real Madrid have been his biggest admirers for a long time now, and tried signing him from Manchester United in 2015 before failed paperwork scuppered the deal. However, the inconsistent performances of Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla have forced Zinedine Zidane to go in search of a top quality goalkeeper for the summer.
As a result, they are back in the market for De Gea and have made him a priority target for the summer transfer window. And now they know the amount they will need to cough up in order to secure his services.
Reports in Spain had claimed that De Gea’s contract with Manchester United contained a release clause worth £52 million, but the report by Daily Mail states that that is untrue. Real Madrid will, instead, have to shell out an amount more than double of Gianluigi Buffon’s £33 million world record transfer.
Manchester United do hold the aces here, as De Gea still has more than two years to left on his deal with the Red Devils. They are, in fact, very relaxed about the entire situation as the Spain number one is “understood to be very happy” with them.
In fact, the report goes on to add that De Gea will only consider a move away from Manchester United if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League for the second year running, thus further complicating Real Madrid’s attempts to sign him.
It now remains to be seen if Real Madrid can do anything to convince De Gea to move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer, but if they fail to do so they may have to move on to their other targets.