Spain international goalkeeper David de Gea has yet to agree a move to Real Madrid, but the Spanish giants are pursuing the Manchester United shot-stopper, according to football expert Guillem Balague.
De Gea, 24, is reportedly on the verge of exiting Old Trafford after United manager Louis van Gaal revealed the club have already lined up potential replacements for the 24-year-old goalkeeper.
At the moment, the bookmakers’ favourite to replace De Gea is Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris, but Asmir Begovic, Jasper Cillessen, Petr Cech, and Tim Krul are also being linked with summer moves to Manchester.
“He is a target,” Balague confirmed on Sky Sports News HQ. “They have been saying it for a while.
“There have been agents of goalkeepers – the top goalkeepers in the world in some cases – who have gone to Real Madrid and said ‘how about our guy?’ and the answer from Real Madrid is ‘we want de Gea’.
“He has not committed himself as has been published in the Spanish media. He hasn’t signed anything with Real Madrid but he has got a decision to make.
“What is interesting is that in the past the presence of Casillas would have been an issue but I’ve got the impression that he has changed his mind on that and he actually doesn’t mind.
“He will accept the challenge if he goes to Real Madrid and if Casillas is there.”
That said, if De Gea opts to stay at United, he will increase his wages by five times!
“On the table, there is an offer from Manchester United which increases his wages by five times and he will not earn as much money at Real Madrid,” Balague said.
“The money is an issue but he also has to make a decision that also is to do with personal interests – his family is not there all the time and his girlfriend would love to be in Madrid more than in England.
“All in all, it is a decision that is as much personal as it is professional.”
Should he stay or should he go?
Depay to undergo United medical
PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay will reportedly undergo a medical on Monday ahead of his agreed move to Manchester United.
Once Depay passes his medical, the paperwork can be finalised and the deal will go through when the transfer window re-opens in July.
“I want to improve myself but Dutch players have played also in the Premier League and I spoke with many of them,” Depay said.
“I believe I can be a big player in the Premier League and I showed my ability in the World Cup.
“I am very excited. I was always reading about the Premier League. It has been a big dream and one that came true.”