Rumour: Manchester United to finally accept Real Madrid's bid for David De Gea
The David De Gea saga is set to come to an end as Real Madrid edge close to capturing their summer target. Real Madid feel they made a breakthrough in their £29 million bid for the Spanish goalkeeper and the deal could be completed on Monday, according to the reports in The Independent.
The rumours on the Manchester United goalkeeper being keen to join the Spanish club have lasted all summer. De Gea is believed to be the ideal replacement for the former Los Blancos captain Iker Casillas who recently joined FC Porto.
Manchester United have remained reluctant to let go of their number one goalkeeper who had an excellent season at Old Trafford and was crucial to United’s return to the top four in the Barclays Premier League. But Louis van Gaal is yet to start him in goal this season, relying on Sergio Romero instead.
De Gea is reported to have agreed personal terms with Real Madrid some time ago, but Manchester United officials are at the Spanish capital to negotiate a deal which could include Gareth Bale. But Real Madrid, who signed Gareth bale for £86 million in 2013, appear to have no interest in selling the world’s most expensive player.
Jasper Cillessen set to replace David De Gea
Despite the signing of Argentine goalkeeper Sergi Romero, United boss Louis van Gaal is keen to bring in his compatriot Jasper Cillessen to Old Trafford. Sergi Romero has made an incredible start to his Manchester United career with three consecutive clean sheets in the league since his arrival this season.
However, Louis van Gaal has identified Jasper Cillessen as an ideal replacement for the Madrid-bound De Gea. The Dutch international has refused to acknowledge the rumours and expects to end the season with Ajax, which he revealed in a recent interview.
"As far as I know it has never been an item," said the Ajax goalkeeper, as reported by ESPN.
"I, the club, or my agent have never heard anything. As for me, this season begins and ends at Ajax."
Cillessen displayed some stunning performances in the 2014 World Cup 2014 with the Dutch national team, claiming the third place in the competition. He also had a good campaign with Ajax last seaosn, where he kept 12 clean sheets from 32 starts last term.