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It is inevitable that David De Gea will eventually make the move to Real Madrid, but what isn’t clear is when the deal is likely to be concluded. With both Manchester United and Real Madrid wanting to battle for the world’s best players, United are reluctant to give in to Madrid and will only sell if the offer is right, thought to be around £35million. Real Madrid on the other hand aren’t willing to pay so much considering they can get the goalkeeper for free next summer and are willing to bide their time with getting their man.
As a supporter no one wants to see their best players leave the club but you can’t begrudge De Gea a move back home to Madrid and to another of the world’s biggest clubs. With Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas also moving on during the summer to Porto, De Gea would be the undisputed number one at the club for the next ten or fifteen years, a proposition almost every young Spanish goalkeeper will dream of growing up.
Manchester United should never have let David De Gea’s situation come to this and should have extended his contract a year or two ago when there wasn’t this interest coming from Real Madrid. They would then have protected their assets and would have been able to command a very high transfer fee for De Gea if Madrid really wanted him, rather than let him see out his current deal at present.
As a result of the ongoing saga Louis Van Gaal dropped De Gea from the matchday squad for the first two Premier League games citing he wasn’t ready and that De Gea had asked not to play; a claim the keeper has since disputed. Sergio Romero, the Argentine who arrived during the summer on a free transfer was called upon to start the first two games for Manchester United this season instead.
As important as De Gea is to the team, any goalkeeper has to be alert at all times and it’s clear that he has other things on his mind at the moment. Van Gaal obviously wants players who want to play for him and the club and although they should never have been in this situation Van Gaal has tried to manage it as well as he possibly can, in order to not disrupt the team too much.
In the first two games Sergio Romero hasn’t put a foot wrong, keeping clean sheets in both but I’m doubtful whether he is the right man to replace David De Gea however. Although having played in both the World Cup and Copa America final in recent years, he’s been the number two at both Sampdoria and Monaco, only playing a handful of games in the last two seasons.
I’d like to see another goalkeeper arrive should De Gea leave, with talk of Manchester United weighing up moves for the likes of Hugo Lloris, Jasper Cillissen or Fernando Muslera to make the switch to Old Trafford. One thing for certain though is that David De Gea will be a very hard act to follow after blossoming into one of the very best goalkeepers in the world over the last few years.