David de Gea seems all set to stay at Old Trafford for the time being as Real Madrid rule out signing him this January.
The La Liga giants have been slapped with a transfer ban which starts when the January window ends.
The 25-year-old Spanish GoalKeeper De Gea, almost joined Real Madrid in the summer window until a deal fell through at the very last moment on the deadline day and Real president Florentino Perez last night ruled out any pre-ban move for the Spanish international.
He said in an interview: “We will not sign players this winter simply because we have the best players.”
Both Real and Atletico Madrid will not be able to buy players in the upcoming two transfer windows after flouting rules on signing non-Spanish under-18 players.
They have already appealed against the transfer ban and Perez also fumed: “It is very serious to stain the image of Madrid with this.
“We are convinced that it is all an error.”
The Spanish goalkeeper has played 19 Premier League matches this season, keeping an impressive eight clean sheets.
However, Manchester United didn’t wanted to take any risk as earlier there were speculations that Old Trafford hierarchy is eyeing Barcelona keeper Claudio bravo as David de Gea’s replacement if the Spaniard decides to leave at the end of this season.
Bravo has been in excellent form for La Liga giants Barcelona this term, keeping 10 clean sheets from 17 La Liga appearances and Manchester United are believed to be keeping their eyes on the Chilean shot-stopper. However, United will face a tough challenge from Barcelona as their first choice goalkeeper Bravo has £11.3million release clause in the contract and the Catalans are planning to rise up the amount. It is suggested that the Red Devils have already prepared an ‘agenda’ and will make a move for the Barcelona goalkeeper if David De Gea decides to join Real Madrid.
Apart from Manchester United, Manchester City are also targeting the Chilean as the City hierarchy in not happy with goalkeeper Joe hart’s recent performance.
A summer of rumours linking the Spaniard to the Bernabeu outfit almost stopped when he agreed to join Real Madrid on transfer deadline day. However, the most talked about deal broke down because of a paperwork error and De Gea subsequently penned a new contract with Manchester United until atleast 2019 despite his troubled relationship with manager van Gaal. However reports suggest the new deal might have a release clause which can be triggered by Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Real Madrid are right now sitting third in La Liga, four points behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.