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Man United to sell star to Real, buy replacement from Barca
- Updated: April 19, 2017
It looks like David de Gea is now finally ready to leave Manchester United and head back to Spain. While Manchester United have starved off interest from Real Madrid in the past, it seems like the top brass at Old Trafford have finally accepted defeat in their pursuit of keeping arguably their most important player.
A transfer in the region of £60 million has been reported, and the Red Devils will use this sum to not only find a replacement for him, but also blster their attacking options with the introduction of James Rodriguez, who has cut a lonely figure at the Santiago Bernabeu this season.
Although de Gea isn’t overly unhappy at Jose Mourinho’s team, his desire to go back to Madrid is a bit too strong and it is rumoured that he will push for the move to take place as soon as possible in an attempt to link up with his teammates before their pre-season camp.
The deal will leave United without a first choice keeper. Ironically, Jose Mourinho has his sights set on a Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen to fill that spot.
Ter Stegen has had a tumultuous campaign, and though he has soared high at times, the fact that he believes he doesn’t have the manager’s full confidence has resulted in him being excited at the prospect of a fresh start in Manchester.
While one would argue that de Gea is a better goalkeeper than ter Stegen, the difference is not that glaring, especially if it frees up some cash to invest on other parts of the pitch.
Real Madrid will, of course, be the big winners here. They will add one of the world’s top ’keepers to support their back four. One would expect de Gea to feature in Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI for years to come.
The one missing bit of information in all this is who Barcelona will purchase to serve as their starter. They haven’t been in love with ter Stegen’s performance this year, but he’s been very competent. Even so, Barcelona officials will believe they can purchase a superior option this summer.
Manchester United will be a very busy club in this summer’s transfer window, but the de Gea transaction is one they wish they weren’t forced to make.