Iker Casillas’ Real Madrid departure has given Manchester United the upper hand in their negotiations over the potential sale of David de Gea, and they are now prepared to drive a very hard bargain.
The Daily Express report that the Premier League side now believe that the legend’s move to Porto – which was announced in the last few hours – will allow them to drive up the price for their goalkeeper.
The Daily Mirror have previously claimed that United would only let de Gea leave Old Trafford if Los Blancos made an offer that would make him the most expensive stopper of all-time. However, the Express suggest that a large fee is no longer on United’s agenda, as Louis van Gaal will now let the 24-year-old go, but only if Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas move in the opposite direction.
While Navas proved to be a solid understudy to Casillas when called upon last season, the club now lack the depth in that department to rely on the Costa Rican as their number one. De Gea on the other hand, is capable of being able to shoulder the responsibility with a much younger stopper in the background.
Some may argue that United are getting the better end of the deal with two top players possibly heading to the Premier League, but Madrid’s need to get a deal done for their key target may see them accept the short end of the stick.