On the last day of the Spanish transfer window, Manchester United have finally given in, and agreed a fee for their world class keeper, David De Gea.
The deal is reportedly £29 million and Costa Rican keeper Keylor Navas will be heading to Old Trafford. This makes the deal worth roughly £35 million. This is pretty good fee for a player who only had a year left on his contract.
Navas has made 13 Los Blancos appearances, keeping 7 clean sheets and conceding 8. So far this season he has a perfect record, 2 clean sheets in 2 games.
The Costa Rican has 62 caps for his country and was very impressive in the World Cup 2014. To convince the keeper to come to Old Trafford as part of the deal, his wages have been doubled.
But, good as he is, he doesn’t even compare to David De Gea. Manchester United have lost another star to Real Madrid’s spending power. No matter who ill-gotten the money is. The main thing is that David De Gea, and his missus can live in their home country.
Real Madrid have only spent £58 million of their £150 million television money, not to mention league and cup earnings, so surely United could have squeezed a bit more than £29 million out of Los Blancos, for one of the best keepers in the world, a position that they desperately needed to fill.
But that’s not the point; the point is that Manchester United have lost their best player, for the last 2 seasons. Fans had a lot of patience in the Spaniard, as when he transferred from Atlético Madrid he was very uncertain between the posts.
Faith in the young keeper paid off in his last 3 seasons at Old Trafford and is now one of the best keepers in the world. In 175 appearances for United, he has kept 61 clean sheets.
It’s sad to see him leave but he’s moving on to earn more money, live in his home nation and have a better chance of winning trophies, as he’s in the world’s most expensive team, in one of the least competitive top divisions in Europe.
We wish him good luck, and many thanks for being such a great player and a professional to the end.
I will especially remember him for his performance in the home match up with Liverpool last season. At half time Mario Balotelli came on for Adam Lallana. Balotelli had a fantastic game, making chances, foiling the defence and having many great shots on goal. He would have scored at least a hat-trick in any other fixture. But United’s Super-Spaniard kept out every single shot. United went on to win 3-0.