According to Diario Gol, Manchester United have told Real Madrid that goalkeeper David de Gea is not for sale. The Spanish international was a target for Los Blancos a year after joining the Red Devils and nearly signed for Real in 2015. The deal only fell through due to paperwork being sent too late on deadline day.
De Gea has gone on to make over 300 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United since his 2011 arrival, boasting more than 110 clean sheets. The 27-year-old has been on fine form this season too, shutting out the opposition 15 times in 27 games, but his future continues to be uncertain.
Real Madrid are reportedly looking for a replacement for Keylor Navas, who turns 32 in December. Like the defending champions, the Costa Rican international has struggled this season, making just four clean sheets in 16 La Liga appearances.
De Gea is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe, but Diario Gol’s report suggests Real would have to pay a lot of money to land the Spaniard. United are desperate to hold onto the shot-stopper, but his contract situation might decide his future.
The former Atletico Madrid man has a £200k-per-week deal with United until the summer of 2019. He’s yet to put pen to paper on an extension which could force the Red Devils to cash in while he has value, or risk losing him for free at the end of next season.