Real Madrid have been alerted that they must sign David de Gea soon or his release clause will expire. A report from Spanish newspaper AS suggests that Los Blancos must act quickly on De Gea’s £36.1 million buyout clause. The clause was reportedly agreed upon last year between the Spanish goalkeeper and Manchester United when he signed his new contract with the club last year.
Deadline day deal fell through last year
Last summer, it looked all but set that De Gea was set to make a return to the Spanish capital, this time in all white rather than red and white with Atletico Madrid, but the paperwork did not reach La Liga headquarters in time which forced the deal to collapse. In the deal, Real Madrid goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, was set to move to United as part of the deal.
De Gea was forced to sit out the first three league games due to the transfer speculation with Real Madrid as manager Louis van Gaal opted for Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero over both De Gea and former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes.
Perez believes United are “in debt” to him
After the collapsed deadline day deal last year, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is set to make another move for de Gea this summer. He believes that Manchester United are “in debt” to him because of the failed move. However, some high-ranking Real Madrid officials believe that they shouldn’t splash the cash on the Spanish keeper since Navas more than proved himself this season as one of the club’s best players
De Gea was recently voted as the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for the third consecutive year at Manchester United. His importance to the team is unrivalled by any other player, and losing him to Real Madrid would be the worst transfer for United fans since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid seven years ago.