The Spanish International Goalkeeper – David De Gea, has been been at Manchester United since 2011, when he left Atletico Madrid for £17.8 million (British record fee for a Goalkeeper) to sign for the Red Devils. Since then, he developed and grown into one of the best goalkeepers in the world over his 4 years at Manchester United.
His rapid development has created a lot of interest from various clubs around the world, but they are all aware that they will have to pay a large fee for the Goalkeeper if they were to attempt to sign him.
Rafa Benitez’s Real Madrid began to show interest in De Gea earlier this summer by making a bid of around £18 million but this was rejected and deemed not enough by Manchester United.
It has been rumoured that United are looking at a fee between £30-40million for the goalkeeper, but Real Madrid are not willing to pay up such a high fee for the player.
This transfer saga has gone on for many months now and United’s Manager – Louis Van Gaal feels it has distracted De Gea and that he has lost his focus. Van Gaal also stated at a recent Press Conference that the saga has damaged the entire teams focus.
“We’ve observed him in training sessions and matches and he’s not the David de Gea of last year,” Van Gaal said at a recent press conference. “
He tries and does (his) utmost best, but it’s a difficult situation. Now we have to play our first match and I want players who can focus only on the match and he is not capable to do that. Van Gaal will be forced to choose either new signing Sergio Romero or inexperienced Sam Johnstone to play against Tottenham in the opener this weekend.
United have reportedly lined up Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen as a replacement for De Gea should Real return with an acceptable bid.