ESPN.com reports that Real Madrid are about to, once again, approach Manchester United to secure a deal that will see them land long-time target David De Gea.
Madrid have been consistently linked with the United shotstopper for a few seasons now, but United have held the Spanish giants at bay, with De Gea performing superbly well between the sticks and seemingly very happy at Old Trafford.
However, Madrid are reportedly looking to agree a deal that will take De Gea to the Bernabeu in two seasons time….and that may just be of interest to the player, if not United, who has always suggested a return to Spain is on his agenda.
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has suggested that, now they have cooled their interest in French sensation Kylian Mbappe, attention should be turned to securing De Gea, with current #1 Keylor Navas not consistently performing to the standard expected at Madrid.
The twist to this deal could, of course, surround Gareth Bale. United may well agree to the deal to let De Gea go in two seasons time should Bale come to Old Trafford the other way. De Gea would be 28 in two years time – no real age for a goalkeeper – whilst Bale would be 30. But that could only look to level the playing field in terms of the fees and United would still feel there is plenty of impact from Bale, who would achieve his own desire in playing for United and potentially see his career out.
Suggesting a move two years down the line could be an absolute master stroke from Madrid and be the only way they get to land their man – it will be intriguing to see how this plays out and how United respond, should the anticipated offer be forthcoming.