Real Madrid, one of the biggest and greatest football teams in the world, have made it very clear they want to sign David De Gea earlier last season and this summer, which has set the transfer gossip columns into overdrive with questions as to whether he will leave Old Trafford or stay. Born and raised in Madrid, De Gea would be no stranger to what playing for the biggest team in the Spanish capital would mean – even if that same player played for local rivals, Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid will also try their luck in snapping up another Manchester United in De Gea, having already signed the likes of David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo in the past.
With De Gea potentially replacing Iker Casillas as Real Madrid’s number one following the Galactico legend’s move to Porto, the number one place for Spain could also potentially be up for grabs too. Vicente Del Bosque will be keeping a close eye on De Gea, regardless if he leaves United or not, so what better way than take advantage of the opportunity and prove to Del Bosque that he is more than capable of taking over from Casillas. The Spain captain has been criticised heavily since the 2014 World Cup, most notably during his performance against the Netherlands where he made two mistakes that contributed to the humiliating 5-1 defeat in Salvador, Brazil.
United want Sergio Ramos, Madrid want De Gea and United are using the goalkeeper as bait in order to sign Ramos. However, this is still a reason for De Gea to quit, not because he may feel unwanted but purely for the fact that one of the players involved in this transfer merry-go-round will need to hand in the transfer request so everyone will be happy. United look like they have a back-up should they lose De Gea to Madrid in either Jasper Cillessen or Hugo Lloris to Old Trafford. Either way it seems obvious that United need a defender and Madrid urgently need to find an adequate replacement for Casillas.
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