Tuesday 24 April 2018

De Gea asks to leave Man United...as Mourinho is linked with a surprise replacement - report

Jose Mourinho, right, and David De Gea
Jose Mourinho, right, and David De Gea
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

David De Gea has told Manchester United that he wants to leave the club this summer, according to a report in Spanish newspaper Marca.

Rumours have swirled around De Gea’s future at United in recent weeks, with Real Madrid believed to be keen to sign the Spanish keeper once again.

De Gea was on the brink of joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2015, yet the paperwork that was required to complete the transfer was not registered in time with the Spanish authorities.

Now it appears this enduring transfer story may be about to reach a conclusion, with De Gea apparently keen to move to Real Madrid and United showing signs that they are open to his exit.

The latest report in Spain suggests De Gea was required to tell United that he wanted to make the move before negotiations could be stepped up, with Marca hinting the keeper was dropped by his manager Jose Mourinho for the game at Sunderland earlier this month after he confirmed his desire to leave.

The report claims United will defend a fee of around €75m for De Gea, with their reported interest in Real Madrid stars James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata adding to the intrigue around what could be one of the transfer stories of the summer.

Rodriguez has been heavily linked with United in recent weeks, with the reports linking Morata with a switch to Old Trafford intriguingly timed as De Gea’s move to Real Madrid appears to edge closer.

What seems clear is that Real Madrid are confident of signing De Gea at last, with United certain to reinvest the cash the get from any sale to bolster their own squad ahead of next season.

Marca are also reporting that Mourinho might try to sign Manchester City keeper Joe Hart to replace De Gea, with the England No.1 out of favour with his parent club after he was sent out on loan to Torino by City boss Pep Guardiola.

United have also been linked with a move to sign Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak in recent days and while we may still only be in April, but the summer transfer rumour mill is starting to rotate at a rapid pace.

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