Manchester United have been lucky enough to have one of the best goalkeepers in the world on their books over the last few years, in the form of David de Gea. We’ve seen the 26-year-old grow into a stunning shot-stopper, but it always felt like home would come calling eventually.
Now, according to Spanish radio station Onda Cero, quoted by The Metro, Jose Mourinho has given Manchester United the green light to begin talks with Real Madrid about selling De Gea to Los Blancos this coming summer.
The interesting thing about the report is that Real Madrid aren’t willing to pay the Spaniard the £200,000-a-week that he is currently earning at Old Trafford, and he would have to accept a lower wage if he wants to move to the Santiago Bernabeu. The media outlet also adds that it could take £60million to prise De Gea from our grasp, which would obviously be an impressive transfer fee for a goalie.
I’d be simply gutted if we lost De Gea, but if his heart lies with Real Madrid then there isn’t an awful lot we could do. He has been an excellent servant to this club and we’ve been treated to some outstanding individual displays from him over the years. It says a lot that he has been our three-time Player of the Year whilst he has been a red, which is amazing for a #1.
In my opinion, Mourinho wouldn’t be willing to sell De Gea unless we already had a replacement lined up. We have to trust in our coach to make the right decisions, and although it’d hurt letting ‘Big Dave’ leave, sometimes we don’t have a choice.