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Manchester United reject £60 million bid for David De Gea

Manchester United have turned down a £60 million bid from Real Madrid for goalkeeper David De Gea according to Sky Sports. The speculation has been rife for a few weeks now that the Spanish champions would try and lure De Gea to the capital once again, two years after their transfer for him failed because of some late paperwork and a dodgy fax machine. De Gea signed a new contract with the Old Trafford club which would keep him in Manchester until the summer of 2019, with a possible further year to be added on, should both parties agree. There was talk of a £66 million release clause in the player’s contract, which has neither been confirmed or denied, so it would be safe to assume that due to this £60 million bid being placed and promptly rejected, the release clause is the talk of the media, rather than a fact.

De Gea is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and his loss would no doubt be felt by the team around him. There are few better than the Spaniard in his field, which would be one of the reasons to keep him at the Theatre of Dreams this summer. There have been reported that United were confident of keeping De Gea this summer, perhaps that is why the bid has been rejected with United being in a much strong position when it comes to keeping the player with UEFA Champions League football in the bag next season. The fact that United won two major honours in the past season is another reason for the player to remain at United, as manager Jose Mourinho is building something at the club. United could ask what they want for the player, and unless Real Madrid comes up with the cash and the player remains happy not to rock the boat, the Spanish champions do not have a leg to stand on.

I despise Real Madrid and the fact they seem to think they can get their own way all of the time. This has been proven in De Gea’s failed move to the Spanish capital two years ago, but now United have some strength in saying no and meaning it. Whether De Gea stays or goes this summer, United will continue as a club. Manchester City are signing Benfica goalkeeper Ederson for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper, which seems to be around the £45 million mark, which could suggest De Gea’s worth would be more than £60 million considering the player he had become at Manchester United. Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward need to stand firm, either warn Real Madrid off their player, or make them pay a fee which will be a massive world record fee for a goalkeeper, or even any footballer in the history of the game.

United paid Atletico Madrid around £18 million for De Gea in the summer of 2011 with Sir Alex Ferguson seeing the player as the permanent replacement for Edwin van der Sar. It was touch and go for the player and the club during his first season, but in the second season, De Gea showed why his supporters stuck by him showing glimpses of one of the best goalkeepers in the world. The £60 million bid is three times what United paid for De Gea, but why accept that when you can get more, or have the ability to turn a club like Real Madrid back with their tail between their legs? It must have felt good for Woodward to say no. I imagine it must have felt great. One thing is for sure, De Gea has either played his last game for United, the 0-0 draw against Southampton, or what Mourinho said was right, he will play against LA Galaxy in the first pre-season match this summer.

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