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Manchester United confident of retaining David De Gea this summer…

Manchester United are confident that they can retain goalkeeper David De Gea this summer, once again thwarting Real Madrid’s attempt to sign the Spaniard this summer. For months now there have been rumours linking the United number one to the Santiago Bernabeu, with conflicting reports suggesting Real Madrid are not interested in the player with manager Zinedine Zidane seemingly happy with the goalkeepers he has at his perusal. However, the reports still seem to make the news suggesting that the reigning La Liga and UEFA Champions League holders are still looking to take De Gea back to Spain.

ESPN has made a claim that Real Madrid cannot afford the Spanish goalkeeper. It also suggests that if the club does find the cash to sign De Gea this summer, it could leave the Spanish champions open to Financial Fair Play regulations, which if true would be a precarious position for the former richest team in the world. The Madrid club have long admired De Gea launching a bid to sign the player back in 2015, albeit on deadline day in Spain, failing to sign the player because of a paperwork issue which involved a fax machine, which is now praised from all corners of the globe. De Gea then signed a new long-term contract with United, sorting out his future, which now seems up in the air if reports are to be believed.

Real Madrid did set out to sell some high-profile and highly priced player this summer; Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez being the biggest names on that list. The Colombian has since sealed a loan move to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Morata was linked to United, then after the clubs asking price for the player being rebuked by the Old Trafford club, Romelu Lukaku was deemed the better option with his move being confirmed, subject to a medical and agreement of personal terms a week ago with the signing announced last Monday. It would seem that the Madrid club are having problems to sell players based on their high prices which do not suggest they actually want to sell the players and as they are not players from the first XI, the prices are very high.

The fact this is happening to a club like Real Madrid is hilarious. The whole club is hated around the world for the way they seem to think they can do what they want and only have to click their fingers for the world’s best players to want to play for them. Right now though, with a lack of funds, that is not going to happen. Real Madrid are no longer the richest club in the world. Their success on the pitch is admirable, especially winning the UEFA Champions League twice in two seasons, being the first club to retain the trophy since the rebrand of the European Cup, also having some of the world’s best players on the pitch, but when the lure of the club is disappearing, I just cannot help but laugh.

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