Wednesday 13 December 2017

Real Madrid to hand De Gea €5m 'reward' to leave Manchester United for free in a year

Wanted man: David de Gea has joined Man Utd on pre season tour
Wanted man: David de Gea has joined Man Utd on pre season tour

Tom Edwards

David de Gea could receive a €5m 'reward' from Real Madrid if he stays at Manchester United for one more season then joins them for free next year, according to reports in Spain.

The 24-year-old goalkeeper has just a year left on his contract at Old Trafford, and United are believed to be happy to let him run it down if they don't receive a world record-breaking transfer fee.

Madrid-born De Gea is thought to be keen on moving to the Bernabeu as soon as possible, despite joining Unitd on their pre-season tour of the USA, and has even put his Manchester mansion up for sale. 

But if Mardrid have indeed offered him €5m to delay the transfer, as claimed by Spanish paper Marca, the extra cash could prove enough to convince him to spend another year in England.

The issue is further complicated by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who sustained a broken wrist during the off-season.

This could mean Manchester United have less incentive to sign him as a replacement for De Gea, which would then make them even more keen to hold onto the Spaniard's services for at least another year.

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