Real Madrid have reportedly tabled a final bid in their attempts to secure the services of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.
The rumours of the Spaniard’s potential switch to the Bernabeu have been swirling all summer, but United have been digging their heels in over the transfer fee despite De Gea having less than a year left on his contract.
Real’s strong interest in De Gea is unsurprising given that he is undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and Los Blancos are in need of a long-term replacement for the recently departed Iker Casillas.
However, given De Gea’s pedigree it is also unsurprising, that the Red Devils are holding out for as big a transfer fee as they can possibly negotiate.
De Gea’s consistently excellent performances last season played a huge part in United finishing in the top four of the Premier League.
Their back-up options are not currently of the highest calibre despite the recent signing of Sergio Romero, but Ajax’sJasper Cillessen is reportedly being lined up should De Gea depart.
However, should Real not meet United’s asking price, the Old Trafford outfit will surely be happy to see De Gea stay on for another season.
Despite being left out of the squad for the opening match of the Premier League season against Tottenham on Saturday, that is not set to be the case long term.
There has been stubbornness on both sides during the De Gea transfer saga, with Real refusing to acquiesce to United’s request that centre-back Sergio Ramos be included in a swap-deal for the goalkeeper.
Ramos’ future looks finally to be assured at the Bernabeu soon with the Spaniard set to put pen to paper on a new deal worth up to €10 million (£7.1 million) a year.
It will come as a major relief to the Bernabeu hierarchy if and when Ramos finally does sign a new deal as they would have been put under huge pressure had he been allowed to leave so soon after the departure of Casillas.
Whether or not De Gea will come in before the end of the transfer window remains to be seen, but it is likely to go right down to the wire.