MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United is set to go on a goalkeeper hunt this summer, following reports that current shot-stopper David de Gea is on the verge of signing for Real Madrid.
De Gea’s future at Old Trafford has been in question since the start of the new year and according to Spanish sports daily Marca, the Spain international will leave at the end of the season.
The paper is reporting that the 24-year-old has apparently already agreed to a five-year personal term worth in the area of “£4m-a-year after tax” and it is now left for Manchester United and Real Madrid to agree to a transfer fee for his service.
Real Madrid have made no secrets about their admiration for De Gea, who left their city rivals Atletico Madrid in 2011 when former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson came calling for his service.
Manchester United are desperate to hold on to the club’s Player of the Year on the pitch and have even offered him a new deal to persuade to stay with the English Premier League giants.
It is understood that United boss Louis van Gaal offered De Gea a new contract worth £200,000-a-week and asked him to stay, and even his closest friends and teammates were not sure what are his future plans
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, whose future with the club is also in question, would love to have De Gea in his line next season, but he has a major problem, as current Real and Spain No. 1 Iker Casillas has no intentions of leaving.
In twist to the Marca reports, however, Sky Sports News’ James Cooper reports that the English Premier League side plans on doing everything possible to keep their star goalkeeper at Old Trafford beyond this summer.
Cooper also said that the Spaniard was not discussing personal terms with Real Madrid.