David de Gea’s move to Real Madrid could be completed before the start of the new Premier League season, according to Marca.
The deal could well see the former Atletico Madrid stopper return to the Spanish capital, as Marca suggest that Louis van Gaal feels that the writing is on the wall as his keeper’s heart is already at the Bernabeu, and thus wants him gone as soon as possible. Marca claim however, that it is the Red Devils’ board that are preventing a move happening during this window.
While the Spaniard has been surprisingly shaky on the pitch at times during pre-season, he has seemingly conducted himself in an exemplary manner, and seems willing to see out the final year of his contract at Old Trafford before leaving next summer (via Daily Mail).
During the Cristiano Ronaldo saga, which eventually saw the Man United man move to Madrid in 2009, Sir Alex Ferguson suggested that Marca tried to unsettle players (via Guardian), which would suggest that – given de Gea’s behaviour – they are once again attempting to cause a rift at Old Trafford in the hope it sees Madrid’s top target unveiled imminently.