Real Madrid To Wrap up Deal For Manchester United star,David de Gea
17 May 2017 Sport
Real Madrid want to make David de Gea their first signing of the summer to ensure there is no repeat of the soap opera from two seasons ago.
The club are currently plugging all leaks and briefing that nothing is happening on any of their transfer-target fronts such is the importance of concentrating on the last three matches of the season.
However the curtain that has been drawn across the club, at least until Sunday’s final league game, twitches every time De Gea is mentioned – there is an acceptance that the Spain No 1 will soon be Real Madrid’s No 1 too.
Club president Florentino Perez likes nothing more than landing a difficult target after a long drawn-out pursuit and he has been waiting for the chance to unveil De Gea since the comedy of errors two years ago.
De Gea’s contract was ready for him in 2015 with the player set to earn around 6.5million euros (£5.5m) a season. Manchester United renewed his deal once he stayed and Madrid will now need to match his United money, making him comfortably the club’s highest-paid keeper ever.
The priority within the club is for the transfer to be a smooth one after the embarrassment of the broken fax machine – archaic football speak for a failure to comply with FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS).
A Manchester United statement issued in the summer of 2015 read: ‘It is our understanding that the deals couldn’t happen because: Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents onto TMS in time (Manchester United did), and Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents to the Spanish league in time, 28 minutes after the deadline.’
Despite issuing a counter statement blaming United, Real Madrid looked incompetent and Perez wants no repeat of that. There will also be no repeat of Keylor Navas waiting nervously at the airport poised to board a plane for Manchester ready to be the reluctant part-exchange in the deal.
The Costa Rican goalkeeper was in tears when he was told to turn around and go home. Not because he was devastated that the move was off, more because he was ecstatic that he was staying.
Navas is unlikely to be heading to England and has even been given the option to stay at Madrid after an extraordinary spike in his late season form culminating in two brilliant displays in the Champions League semi-finals against Atletico Madrid.
‘He was their best player,’ said defeated Atletico coach Diego Simeone. The Madrid dressing room have recognised the keeper’s enormous contribution to them now being three games from a league and Champions League double.
Zinedine Zidane was asked about Madrid’s goalkeeping situation before Wednesday’s meeting with Celta Vigo and he rolled out the stock answer that the club has three very good goalkeepers and they are happy with all of them. He added tellingly: ‘Next season we will see.’
Sources close to Madrid say the club ended up paying De Gea around 10m (£8.6m) euros two years ago when they left him high and dry by failing to push his transfer through on time. President Florentino Perez denies this.
It maybe that both sides are telling the truth because a third version of events suggests the payment was actually only made last summer when De Gea once again a mooted signing that never happened.
It’s clear any bad feeling over the botched signing two years ago has healed and recompense will really arrive this
summer when United make De Gea their Galatico goalkeeper. His whistles and bells presentation will make for awkward viewing for Navas.
It will be a big step down from being their No 1 in two European Cup finals to being the cup keeper and training partner for De Gea.
Sevilla, and Atletico Madrid if they are forced to sell Jan Oblak, are two potential destinations should he decide to move on.
A lot will depend on whether or not he feels he has a fighting chance of keeping his place if he plays well. If the dice are loaded too heavily in the expensive new recruit’s favour (and they usually are) then he will be off.
For De Gea it now looks as though, two years on from his original start date in his new job, he will be arriving at Real Madrid.
The £3.85million five-bedroom house in Trafford has long been up for sale and the hunt is on for a new home in Pozuelo de Alarcon just 20 minutes west out of Madrid where he will be neighbours with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale while finally becoming Real Madrid’s first choice goalkeeper.