The excellent performances of Keylor Navas combined with the excitement of José Mourinho's arrival at Manchester United had led us to hope Real Madrid would forget about trying to bring David de Gea to the Bernabéu this summer. Unfortunately, though they may not know how to operate a fax machine, they're not quite as daft as we'd hoped, and reports in the Spanish press suggest Florentino Pérez is looking to get a deal done quickly.
Indeed, AS report a very intriguing clause in the Spaniard's contract:
The club blanco does, however, have an ace up their sleeve: a clause in the player's contract, signed on September 11 2015, which includes the condition that Real Madrid can buy the goalkeeper for a fee close to 50 million euro before a June 15 2016 deadline.
Boo. AS say however that Mourinho is willing to put up a fight to keep de Gea, and that the "battle lines are drawn". For his part, they claim de Gea "has been waiting for this move for a year, and wants to sign on the dotted line so he can focus on his responsibilities as Spain's no.1 in the continent's national competition. If the deal does not go through, Real Madrid will owe the player compensation of 10.9 million euro as the result of a private agreement reached last summer." So it wouldn't all be bad news if he stayed then.
Suffice to say, the AS article makes things look rather bleak, though de Gea continues to make all the right noises with regards to his United future. Quoted by Sky Sports earlier today, the Spanish shot-stopper praised Mourinho as a "winning coach", declaring it "United's philosophy and mine". He added, "there's a lot of talk but little is known ... I have three further years left on my contract with United and I'm enthusiastic to win titles there." Let's hope it's not mere bluster.