Will Real Madrid come calling for De Gea once more?

Summer time. The weather is (supposedly) better, the football action takes an unwelcomed break and the transfer window and all its glorious goings on becoming a large part of our lives. We have had the Cristiano Ronaldo returning rumours and survived them, but as regular as hearing about a move for Nicolas Gaitan the David De Gea to Real Madrid talk has reared its head to keep the entertainment flowing. Previous reports from Spain had hinted towards the Catalan club dropping their interest in arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, but fresh information has surfaced in The Sun that a £50 million bid could be tabled as the two clubs both train in Los Angeles ahead of pre-season.

We should never believe what we read in the media, and The Sun is the primary example of why this should be the case, but with everything that is going on at Old Trafford and various other factors, renewed interest is something I find difficult to believe. Not least because of the water under the bridge from the reported Alvaro Morata negotiations has left it at breaking point.

So why is this story not a goer? Well first and foremost, Manchester United don’t need to sell one of their prized assets. It makes no sense to begin building a side that can ultimately prove very successful and then get rid of arguably the best player at the club. There is no possible replacement for him, and if United do end up selling De Gea finding a suitor would cost more than what the club would receive for his services due to the obvious desperate nature of the scenario. Economically speaking, £50 million for the best in the world in the current market would be an absolute insult. If Jordan Pickford is worth £30 million then I dread to think the value of De Gea, it could even reach nine figures. And on the same note, United don’t need the money.

The player himself reportedly does want a move to Real Madrid, but neither he nor his agent will push for it to go through which is a sign of someone still quite happy where they are. Perhaps if the signings Mourinho was making weren’t of the required quality then his mindset would be totally different, but he must surely see what is happening is a stark improvement on the previous regime, and who wouldn’t want to be involved in something like that?

Of course, all I have is my opinion on the matter, but the pieces of the jigsaw don’t quite match up to the picture on the box. Reports out of Spain don’t seem to match up with those in England, the timing seems rather off from the norm and quite honestly there seems to be no rational reason why United would even entertain the idea of De Gea leaving them for Spain. For me, I want Ed Woodward to play them at a game. The times are changing and the ball is in United’s court. Dave saves, but he also stays. Madrid won’t get their own way on this one.


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