It’s no secret that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea hasn’t penned a new deal and as we approach the summer rumours are rife about a possible move to Real Madrid.
The first problem United face is that Real offer an alluring proposition for any player and it’s like choosing between chips ‘n’ gravy and sangria in the sun, especially for a Spaniard. Los Blancos won the UEFA Champions league last year and it’s possible they could do it again this year. United have always had a fantastic record in the competition but they missed out under David Moyes. Now the Premier League season is set to reach it’s climax United look set return to the bright lights of UEFA Champions league football next season, but winning it will be difficult for Louis van Gaal in his second season at the club. Although United maintain their position as the biggest football franchise in the world, it’s easy to see why Spanish Dave would be tempted by a Real Madrid move, despite being a former Atlético Madrid player. Imagine being born in Madrid and looking to establish yourself as the Spanish no 1, imagine being lined up to replace the World Cup winning captain Iker Casillas and turning it down.
In January, Louis van Gaal said he expected the 24-year-old to extend his current deal, which expires at the end of next season. But progress in contract negotiations has been slow and United appear to be cranking up the pressure on David de Gea.
Reported exclusively on the Sky Sports website, Louis van Gaal dropped a hint that De Gea had been offered a large sum of money to stay in Manchester.
When asked how talks of a deal were progressing, LVG said: “It can always happen. I am not the boss. I want him to stay. The player is the boss – he can say ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
“You will have to ask David de Gea (if he is staying), not me. He has to sign. We have offered him a lot of money.”
De Gea has enjoyed a fantastic season at Manchester United, which has put him in the running for PFA Player of the Year. The Spaniard is adored by United fans, who like their manager are desperate for him to put pen to paper on a a new deal. The Red Devils need to ensure they are retaining their best players and it would be a huge statement if they were to hang on to De Gea in the face of continued interest from Real Madrid. In turn, United must ensure they are offering De Gea the very best deal imaginable, if they truly believe he is the best in the world.
Reports this week suggest that United are closing in on a £21.5m deal with Ilkay Gundogan. Could it be pure coincidence that this has been leaked to the press at this vital moment in contract negotiations with DDG? What it does show is United’s intent to sign the best players in the world and build on their revival under LVG. But could it sway a player who is at present undecided on their future? Could it sway Spanish Dave? Unfortunately that’s a question I can’t answer, I just hope DDG has a change of heart.