Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal reportedly won’t sell David De Gea without the inclusion of Sergio Ramos in any deal – and the Dutchman is certainly playing a risky game.
In what is arguably quickly turning from one of the most exciting transfer sagas of the summer window to perhaps the most monotonous, van Gaal is continuing to refuse to grant the Spain stopper a return to the capital of his home country.
The Guardian claim that the former Netherlands manager has stubbornly told Los Blancos that unless Sergio Ramos is granted a move to Old Trafford, his current No.1 will not be moving to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.
According to the British newspaper, the former Atletico Madrid star is expected to return to Manchester United’s Carrington training ground for pre-season on Monday – with his future extremely uncertain, as the new Premier League season fast approaches.
Whether this is a wise move or not from van Gaal is up for debate.
In forcing the 24-year-old to stay put at the Theatre of Dreams, the Dutchman not only runs the risk of losing one of Europe’s finest goalkeepers – who could command a sizeable transfer fee – for nothing, but in forcing a player who is rumoured to be desperate to leave, there is the worrying danger that the dressing room could become unsettled.
Nonetheless, if De Gea does continue as the Red Devils first-choice keeper next season, he could very well be persuaded into extending his future with the English giants.
What’s more, the Spain international could remain key in their bid for Champions League qualification and to clinch the Premier League title from Chelsea.
However, it seem as though this could be a transfer saga that may agonisingly go to the wire this summer.