Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is all set to join La Liga giants Real Madrid on the transfer deadline day, as claimed by emminent Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague.
The Sky Sports Spanish correspondent has written in his column that the move is imminent even though it ma go down the wire. De Gea has been linked with a move to Real Madrid since a long time now. The specualtions cooled down after the giants had signed Kiko Casilla a month back and promoted Keylor Navas into number one position.
But as the season began, United manager Louis van Gaal ommited David De Gea from the first three games of the club and Sergio Romero is the club’s new first choice custodian. This decision stirred up all the rumours and it believed again that the Spaniard would now back to his home town club. Louis van Gaal had also mentioned in the press that the custodian does not want to play for the club anymore.
Balague in his column stated: “He never ever said he did not want to play, but he understands it is part of the strategy at the moment.
“Manchester United are saying ‘look, he doesn’t want to play’ so that when he goes, they can always say he’s a guy that doesn’t want to play for us.
“He understands as well that Real Madrid are doing their part of the strategy by saying ‘with Kiko Casilla and Keylor Navas, we have enough’. Yeah, right…
“Jorge Mendes, the agent of De Gea, has told him not to worry and the money will come from Real Madrid, but he has to understand that Manchester United are letting go of a guy who has been their best player for two years now and somebody who would help them with a challenge for the title this year.
“It’s normal that everything will go to the wire, to the last few hours and days of the transfer window but I think, the way it looks, De Gea will go to Real Madrid.”
Guillem Balague strongly feels that even though Real already have two quality goalkeepers, De Gea’s arrival would indicate a departure for Keylor Navas from Santiago Bernabeu. He thinks Casilla would likely be the deputy to David De Gea this summer.
It was reported earlier that the United goalkeeper was on the verge to sign a contract extension in 2014 but Louis van Gaal was then skeptical. The Dutch manager apparently was a great admirer of Navas and now it is believed that he might ask for the Costa Rican in exchange of De Gea.
Balague further added: “Casilla will be a number two and I think Navas will be sold.
“Interestingly enough, in 2014 when Manchester United presented a renewal offer to De Gea that he would have accepted, Van Gaal stopped it because he wasn’t convinced by him as a goalkeeper.
“Funnily enough, he wanted Keylor Navas or somebody like that. He is at Real Madrid now and may be surplus, so who knows?
“Certainly the plan is that Casilla will be the number two and Navas will be sold, but I’m not sure how easy that will be in the last few hours of the transfer market.”
The De Gea plot has definitely thicken a lot with Guillem Balague’s claims. It will be interesting to see what lies in the goalkeeper’s future.