David de Gea set for €40m Real Madrid move

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
De Gea's anticipated move to Real Madrid edges closer
De Gea's anticipated move to Real Madrid edges closer

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea looks set to complete a move to Real Madrid this summer, according to fresh reports in Spain tonight.

Marca are reporting that a deal has "been in place for several months", with the newspaper suggesting the fee United will receive for their 24-year-old stopper will be €40m.

Sky Sports sources suggested stories that De Gea had already agreed terms on his contract with Real Madrid are wide of the mark, but it does seem as if one of the most anticipated moves of this summer is edging closer.

The Spanish reports also suggest that De Gea's arrival at Real Madrid will not mean the end for veteran keeper Iker Casillas at the Bernabeu, with the mix of experience and youth viewed as a ideal for the new arrival to find his feet in with the Spanish capital club.

United manager Louis van Gaal has hinted that he has already got potential replacements lined up, with reports over the last month suggesting Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris may be high on his most wanted list.

"We have a list of goalkeepers who can replace him because we have to be organised always," said Van Gaal.

"We want him to stay and I hope he shall sign. You have three parties [involved] and the most important party is always the player.

"It's dependable not of Manchester United, not of me, because we want him to sign. He has to sign, he has to want to stay here at Manchester United. I don't know [why he hasn't decided]."

Meanwhile, it seems as if Manchester United have gone cold on their interest in signing Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne, who has been in talks with his current club over a fresh contract in recent days. revealed that Southampton are increasingly confident of keeping hold of Clyne after he replaced the agent who had been promoting his move to Old Trafford.

Now it seems as if Clyne will stay at Southampton, but it is the imminent the exit of De Gea that will be seen as a far more significant blow to the Old Trafford club.