Real Madrid have offered to include a stunning £12m signing-on fee in David de Gea’s contract, should the Spaniard have to see out the final year of his Manchester United deal, the Daily Mirror report.
The two clubs are some way apart in their respective valuations of the goalkeeper, and it appears that Real Madrid have decided to make preparations to ensure that the 24-year-old moves to the Bernabeu next summer.
The Mirror report that the Red Devils want at least £35m for the former Atletico Madrid stopper, but Los Blancos are only willing to pay £25m, and have thus decided to make the huge promise to de Gea himself.
The big losers in this saga are undoubtedly Man United. The Mirror report that Louis van Gaal had wanted Sergio Ramos in exchange for de Gea, but with the centre-back agreeing a new five-year deal with the La Liga side (via BBC Sport), United stand to be left empty-handed.
Madrid’s offer to de Gea is less than half what they are willing to pay during this window, but still guarantees the same result – although that result will come to fruition in one year.
Meanwhile, van Gaal will lose a world-class keeper for nothing, and has now missed out on a key target.
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