Manchester United are prepared to let David de Gea go
Jose Mourinho doesn’t like to lose, but he’s prepared to accept defeat on Manchester United’s behalf when it comes to David de Gea. The Spanish keeper is in position to finally secure his dream move to Real Madrid this summer.
Reports from England claim The Special One has informed de Gea that he’ll let him leave this summer. Certainly this isn’t Mourinho’s first choice, but he realizes that his keeper’s heart remains in Spain. Keeping him at Old Trafford against his wishes would be counter productive for everyone involved.
Of course, the big winner here is Zinedine Zidane. He’ll be permitted to acquire one of the world’s most talented keepers this summer. His Real Madrid squad doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses, but average goal keeping has popped up as a concern from time to time this year. De Gea’s arrival in Madrid should solve that issue for Zidane moving forward.
Even though United are willing to let de Gea walk, don’t expect them to make things easy on Real Madrid. Ed Woodward and company will justifiably demand a massive transfer fee for their number one keeper. It could cost Los Blancos upwards of £60 or £70 million if they want to make de Gea’s dream a reality.
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Expect United to use a hefty portion of the proceeds of a de Gea sale to purchase a new keeper. Mourinho will have a potential list of new netminders ready for Woodward as soon as the de Gea deal becomes complete.
The one potential wrinkle in this deal is whether or not James Rodriguez could insert himself into the transaction. It’s no secret that he’s looking to leave Real Madrid this summer and Manchester United are certainly an attractive destination. It’s not entirely impossible that the two giant clubs could investigate a swap deal involving both big name stars.
No matter what happens the rest of the summer transfer window, Manchester United will likely start it with a significant loss. David de Gea seems destined to don a Real Madrid kit sooner, rather than later.