Real Madrid set to make new de Gea bid
Real Madrid will make a fresh bid to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea at the end of the season and have already made contact with the Spanish international's entourage, according to reports in Spain.
Madrid-based sports daily 'Marca', a publication notoriously close to the Bernabeu club's hierarchy, are clear that "the goalkeeper knows of the interest and that the operation is under way".
They also claim that Real are prepared to pay the €65m release clause that the goalkeeper has in his contract.
De Gea, who has been voted United's Player of the Year for the last three seasons, insisted yesterday that he is "very happy" at Old Trafford.
"The future, no one knows," De Gea said. "The future is the future, but I'm very happy here - it's a great club. In England, football is much enjoyed."
Asked about Real's reported renewed interest, he added: "I will not talk about that. I will not talk about it any more. Now we need to stay focused with my club."
De Gea was on the brink of joining Real Madrid in 2015 only for the transfer to collapse in acrimony. He subsequently signed a new deal keeping him at Old Trafford until at least 2019.
Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois - like De Gea, a former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper - is also reportedly on Zinedine Zidane's radar along with AC Milan 17-year-old starlet Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Meanwhile, in Italy, a man was refused admittance to a hospital in Crotone, after trying to convince staff he was ill - just so he could watch his beloved Juventus play against the local team. The hospital in question towers over one side of the stadium, which was a 16,000 sell-out for Juventus' visit, and the whole pitch can be seen from many of its windows on one side.