Real Madrid make a surprise move in their enduring pursuit of David De Gea
Real Madrid will not pursue their interest in Manchester United keeper David De Gea this summer, according to widespread reports in Spain.
Spanish TV show El Chiringuito and national daily sport newspaper Marca have both claimed that Real Madrid will no longer make further efforts to sign De Gea, as they are happy to stick with Kaylor Navas next season after he helped the club to a La Liga title and Champions League success in 2017.
The newly re-crowned European champions were widely expected to make another bid to sign De Gea, who was believed to be keen to make the move back to his homeland.
Sources then leaked a story suggesting United had rejected Real Madrid's latest £60m bid to sign De Gea, two years after his move to link up with the Spanish giants had collapsed on transfer deadline day due to the deal not being able to be ratified in time.
Intriguingly, United insiders insisted they had not received any bid for De Gea, and that they were then keen to distance themselves from stories suggesting they were in talks to sign Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez.
Reports on Monday claimed United had a €60m offer for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata rejected, and now the latest story on De Gea has left an impression that two of Europe's super-clubs are embroiled in a tit-for-tat PR battle as the transfer window rumours begins to gather momentum.
United manager Jose Mourinho has always insisted that he was keen to keep De Gea at Old Trafford, even though he dropped him from his team in the final weeks of the season as he selected Sergio Romero for matches that included the Europa League final.
It's hard to believe this is the last time De Gea will be linked with Real Madrid this summer, with United and their Spanish rivals clearly keen to indulge in a publicity sparring contest that should keep us all amused over the next few months.