EXCLUSIVE - United give green light to De Gea move
Real Madrid have been given a green light to sign Manchester United keeper David De Gea, with Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael Varane all on a United wish-list as part of the biggest transfer of 2015.
Super-agent Jorge Mendes is again at the centre of the negotiations, after he refused to agree a new United contract for his client De Gea as the duo have waited to evaluate Real Madrid’s eagerness to sign one of the rising stars of Spanish football.
Mendes is well connected at both Real Madrid and Manchester United having brokered the record busting £59.7m deal to bring Angel Di Maria from the Spanish capital to Manchester last summer and now he is set to negotiate another huge transfer between the two clubs.
Iker Casillas’s shocking performances in Real Madrid’s Champions League last-16 tie against Schalke on Tuesday night was the final straw for Bernabeu officials, who have now stepped up their bid to bring De Gea back to his Spanish homeland.
United’s bargaining position over De Gea is weakened as he will have just one-year left on his current United contract at the end of this season, but the cordial relations between the two clubs means a deal can be struck to suit all parties.
“Real Madrid are convinced they will sign De Gea this summer,” a respected Spanish source told the Sunday World.
“The player is keen to move as well, so it looks like this move will happen this summer.”
With Bale’s uncertain form seeing the Real Madrid fans turn against him in recent months, United believe they have a chance to bring the Welsh superstar who scored the vital goal in last season’s Champions League final to Old Trafford.
United made a failed bid to thwart Bale’s move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in the summer of 2013, but their interest could now be revived if Di Maria’s apparent eagerness to quit England and seal a move to Paris Saint-Germain comes to fruition.
United’s interest in Modric offers another fascinating twist in this transfer story, with the Croatian midfielder the ideal candidate to fill the creative role United boss Louis van Gaal has persistently suggested he is lacking since his arrival at the club.
Interest in Varne is long-standing and while Real Madrid are reluctant to let him go, there is a chance they could be persuaded if helps to ease the De Gea transfer through swiftly.
Meanwhile, Van Gaal is planning another huge clear-out of fringe players this summer, with Juan Mata and Radamel Falcao candidates to leave along with Rafael, Tom Cleverley and Javier Hernandez.