De Gea move to Real Madrid on after sponsors confirm Iker Casillas' departure
Real Madrid have opened the door for David De Gea to move to the Bernabeu after their sponsors confirmed on Thursday that Iker Casillas will move to Porto.
De Gea has long been admired at Real Madrid, while he has made clear his desire to move back to Spain after four years in England.
Real's sponsors, bwin, tweeted on Thursday that Casillas's transfer to Porto would go ahead, bringing to an end a 17-year love affair with the club at which he made his name.
De Gea's transfer from Manchester United is expected to gather momentum once Casillas moves away, though there remains the possibility that Madrid and new manager Rafa Benitez will turn their attentions towards Tottenham's Hugo Lloris. De Gea, however, remains their preferred target.
Real only bought Costa Rica's World Cup hero Keylor Navas for £8 million last summer, but he made just six league appearances in his debut season at the Bernabeu and Benitez wants a new goalkeeper as his first choice.
Casillas had lost his place in the team under Jose Mourinho and while he did win it back last season, Real Madrid believe that fresh blood is needed to replace the 34-year-old.
United have themselves been heavily linked with Ajax's Jasper Cillessen and Stoke's Asmir Begovic, while they also have former Barcelona number one Victor Valdes on their books.
Lloris could be an option for either Real or United, though Spurs do not want to let the player they have just named club captain go.