Spanish giants Real Madrid are prepared to wait until the summer of 2016 to sign Manchester United goalkeeper on a free transfer, reports Guardian.

The Spaniard has become a subject of rife speculation, with the reigning Champions League winners identifying him as a long-term successor to Iker Casillas.

De Gea has been a firm Old Trafford favorite, and is enjoying the best form of his career. After initially struggling to settle following his move from Atletico Madrid, the Spaniard has become an indispensable unit for the Red Devils.

Although there are no signs of De Gea penning a new deal, United manager Louis van Gaal was quick to address the situation, claiming there is no reason why the 24-year-old shouldn’t sign.

“I think so, yes. I think there is no problem for him to sign. I can only say that David De Gea has developed himself in the six months that I’ve been here very much. I am very pleased with his development.” The Dutchman said.

Manchester United also signed former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes earlier this month, but although he is seen as a back-up to De Gea, some claim him to replace him in case the United number 1 decides to leave.

Any delay in De Gea renewing contract would see his price reduce, and also facing the risk of losing him for nothing after the end of next season. Although with still one-and-a-half year left on his current contract, United are keen to tie down De Gea before the summer, to avoid a further possibility of him signing a pre-contract agreement with a non-Premier League club from next January.

A boyhood Atletico Madrid fan, moving to their local rivals would certainly be difficult, but Real’s lure and a move to his hometown is certainly alluring.

Real currently possess Iker Casillas and Wold Cup star Keylor Navas in their goalkeeping ranks. With Casillas nearing the twilight of his career, Real see De Gea as the 33-year-old’s natural successor.

Manchester United signed De Gea from Atletico Madrid for around £17.8 million in the summer of 2011, and has amassed 116 appearances since for the Red Devils.

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