Will David De Gea have to keep his Real Madrid ambitions aside?

“Real Madrid? I have to return to Manchester for pre-season. I am very calm.”

This was David De Gea’s response to the media who hounded him in Madrid. Still a Manchester United goalkeeper, De Gea was told to report for the pre-season training on Monday 6th July, as no certain deal was finalised between the Red Devils and Los Blancos. The deal, which was supposed to be finalised as soon as the transfer market opened, is still pending and has dragged on. Marca had indicated that it is Louis van Gaal who is blocking the Spanish keeper’s move back to his homeland. However the reason for this only being the outright insulting bids made by Real Madrid.

United were very clear on their stance; make a genuine acceptable bid and De Gea goes. But with a £13 million bid, they not only degraded De Gea’s talent and utility to them but also enraged the Manchester United supporters. Since then the reports have always maintained the price tag that Van Gaal and Ed Woodward have put on De Gea is in the range of £35 million, which would be a world record deal for a goalkeeper.

Another variable that has entered the equation is Sergio Ramos. The Spaniard had a serious disagreement with the Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, which made him take the stance of leaving the club and to make the matters worse for the Spanish giants, he explicitly asked for a move to the red part of Manchester; as told by the former Real Madrid president, Ramon Calderon. However, it was Graham Hunter who came out with these reports first:

“The player has made it very clear, has told Real Madrid directly, that he is absolutely and completely committed to leaving the club this summer. He specifically wants them to begin negotiations with Manchester United and that he doesn’t want them to negotiate with anyone expect Manchester United.”

Real Madrid are not currently budging on their valuation of De Gea, while rejecting United’s bid for Ramos, things have only got worse than where they stood before. The recent reports suggested that United were willing to let De Gea go only if the Spanish centre back was to come their way. With Real Madrid’s difficult stance on Ramos, by putting the price tag of an exorbitant £65 million the transfer saga has come to a standstill.

Result of this, the deal has been left hanging when both the parties are now almost ready to board their respective flights for their pre-season tours in the United States of America and Australia. De Gea, willingly or unwillingly had to return to pre-season training. He was, reportedly, supposed to have a discussion over this saga with Van Gaal in order to have a timely solution but nobody can tell if that is going to actually materialise. Until this happens, De Gea will remain a United player and will have to be a part of the pre-season activities. The goalkeeper, who was signed as a replacement for Edwin van der Sar, has to, for now, keep the Real Madrid interest aside and focus entirely on United’s season unless and until the pen is put to paper with respect to this deal.

Van Gaal, who has been very clear about the importance of the pre-season, would like to have a settled squad going into his second season. Hence, one must feel, that if a deal does not advance in a week or two, there is a chance that De Gea, whose family and girlfriend, Edurne, live in Spain, might even have to spend a lot more time at Old Trafford than to his liking. Whatever happens, United will think they are the ones in the driver’s seat for now.


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