Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea’s move to Real Madrid looks almost certain, but the deal may be beginning to hit complications with the two clubs struggling to agree on a fee.
Los Blancos want to take advantage of the Spain international having entered the final year of his Old Trafford contract, and on Monday it was reported that the La Liga giants had made a minimal offer of £13 million [via the Daily Mail].
While De Gea may be available at a cut-price due to his contract situation in Manchester, Louis van Gaal, according to The Sun, believes an offer of less than £25 million is an insult for a keeper of his quality, and will not entertain any bids under this valuation.
The Red Devils want between £25 million and £30 million for the 24-year-old and, The Sun state that if Real aren’t prepared to play fair on a fee, the Premier League giants are unafraid to let the former Atletico Madrid keeper run down his current contract and leave on a free at the end of next season.
According to the Daily Mail, the transfer is far from completion – and not only as a result of fee quarrels between the two clubs. The British newspaper state that De Gea is nervous over Iker Casillas’s influence at the Santiago Bernabeu, and wants assurances that he will be the Spanish giants’ No.1 next season.
Despite his popularity having slightly dwindled in Madrid – having been on the receiving end of jeers from the Los Blancos faithful throughout the 2014-15 campaign [Goal] – Casillas made 42 appearances under Carlo Ancelotti, and his influence at the club could still be intact – even if his popularity isn’t.