Monday 26 September 2016

De Gea move to Real Madrid is complete for £29m

Published 31/08/2015 | 18:49

David de Gea has not taken part in any of United's five games this season
David de Gea has not taken part in any of United's five games this season

Manchester United have finally agreed a deal that will see goalkeeper David De Gea complete his protracted and contentious transfer to Real Madrid.

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Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas is expected to join United as part of the agreement that will see De Gea make his move, with confirmation certain to come before the 11pm Spanish transfer deadline on Monday night.

United and Real Madrid officials have been at loggerheads for the entire summer over a fee for De Gea, with the keeper who has a year left to run on his current deal keen to make the move back to his home city.

The deal brings an end to a long battle for the keeper who has yet to be selected by United boss Louis van Gaal this season, with De Gea declared to be 'not in the right frame of mind' to start for United.

The saga over David de Gea's future looks set to go to the wire
The saga over David de Gea's future looks set to go to the wire

Van Gaal has made it clear that he would not consider picking De Gea until his future at United was resolved and now the confirmation has come through that agreement has finally been reached between the two clubs.

Details on the fee agreed for De Gea has yet to be disclosed, yet it appears that a fee of around £25m has been agreed, with Navas thrown into the mix to ease the deal through.

Costa Rica keeper Navas was a star of last summer's World Cup finals and he will battle it out with Sergio Romero for the starting role in the United line-up this seasom.

Manchester United have finally agreed a deal that will see goalkeeper David De Gea complete his protracted and contentious transfer to Real Madrid.

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas is expected to join United as part of the agreement that will see De Gea make his move, with confirmation certain to come before the 11pm Spanish transfer deadline on Monday night.

United and Real Madrid officials have been at loggerheads for the entire summer over a fee for De Gea, with the keeper who has a year left to run on his current deal keen to make the move back to his home city.

David de Gea, pictured centre, in the stands during United's win over Spurs at Old Trafford
David de Gea, pictured centre, in the stands during United's win over Spurs at Old Trafford

The deal brings an end to a long battle for the keeper who has yet to be selected by United boss Louis van Gaal this season, with De Gea declared to be 'not in the right frame of mind' to start for United.

Van Gaal has made it clear that he would not consider picking De Gea until his future at United was resolved and now the confirmation has come through that agreement has finally been reached between the two clubs.

Details on the fee agreed for De Gea has yet to be disclosed, yet it appears that a fee of around £25m has been agreed, with Navas thrown into the mix to ease the deal through.

Costa Rica keeper Navas was a star of last summer's World Cup finals and he will battle it out with Sergio Romero for the starting role in the United line-up this season.

They have spent much of this summer chasing some of the world's top stars, but Manchester United are now being linked with some unfamiliar targets in the final hours of the transfer window.

After Sunday's defeat at Swansea hastened the demand from United fans for new signings, fresh bids for Gareth Bale and another move to try and sign Bayern Munich Thomas Muller are rumoured to be on the card.

Yet transfers of that magnitude cannot be pieced together in the space of a few hours and that means United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward finds himself shopping in the bargain bins at the end of the summer sales.

So a week after Brazil superstar Neymar was ludicrously linked with a move to United, now the rumours suggest they are weighing up a bid for QPR striker Charlie Austin.

While Austin would clearly jump at the chance of a move to United, he is hardly the kind of stellar name the club's army of supporters around the world are crying out for. Panic buys are all part of the find hours of a transfer window story, but this one is never going to happen.

A move for Monaco teenager Anthony Martial may be a more credible story, with this supremely gifted attacking starlet being tipped to emerge as one of the biggest names in the game over the next few years.

Read more here: Monaco's Anthony Martial allowed to leave France squad to complete £36m Man United move

Martial is reported to have agreed a deal to join United, with a medical imminent for the French youngster.

As ever in the final hours of the transfer scramble, the price of players spiral and any bid to sign Martial would have to be in the region of £36m, according to reports in France.

Martial appears to be a thrillingly promising talent. Only 19 and with pace and finishing ability in abundance, he scored 32 goals in 21 games for the Lyon under-17 side no so long ago. However, paying such a huge fee for a youthful star oozing with promise would be a gamble.

In truth, United have left made a mess of their transfer dealings for a third year running and unless Woodward can pull a rabbit out of his hat after of the 6pm deadline on Tuesday, his future in his current role will come under increased scrutiny.

Meanwhile, advisers to United keeper David De Gea have flown into Manchester to try and finalise his move to Real Madrid ahead of the close of the Spanish transfer deadline, which closes at 11pm on Monday (Irish time).

There are also suggestions that United's back-up keeper Anders Lindegaard is on the brink of joining West Bromwich Albion, with Adnan Januzaj on his way to Germany after a deal was agreed for a season-long loan move to Borussia Dortmund.

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