Mirror reports that Manchester United star goalkeeper will be paid a £12m signing-on fee by Real Madrid if the player sits out the final year of his contract at Old Trafford.
David De Gea who sees his contract expire in 2016 was heavily linked with Real Madrid. But the deal fell through after Manchester United denied to sell their star custodian less than £35m. Real Madrid, on the other hand, was willing to pay £25m.
Louis van Gaal, United manager, had asked for a swap deal in which he wanted Real defender Sergio Ramos. Real Madrid immediately snubbed such a demand and extended Ramos’ stay for another five years.
It is believed that this has anger Van Gaal who is now adamant not to leave the player. Surprisingly, Louis van Gaal omitted David De Gea from the first two matches of the season against Spurs and Aston Villa and gave clarification that the Spaniard is not willing to play for the club.
David De Gea on several occasions has expressed his desire to play for La Liga giants Real Madrid. He had even denied signing a contract extension initially. If the player doesn’t sign a contract in this season the Red Devils will incur a huge loss as he would leave the club for free next summer.
If Mirror is to be believed then the 12 million Pounds offer might be a huge factor for De Gea’s future at the club. Manchester United, on the other hand, might not be too happy with such a gesture of Real Madrid as this might consider it to be an indirect bribe offered on the club’s part.
Louis van Gaal has already played Sergio Romero as the first choice goalkeeper at the club. The Argentine has done a commendable job so far under the bar as he kept back to back clean sheets. If Romero does well, De Gea might be benched for the entire season in case he refuses to sign a contract extension.
It will be interesting to see if the Spanish star actually entertains an offer from Real Madrid as claimed by the media.