David De Gea looks set to remain with Manchester United for the 2015-16 season following a pact agreed with Real Madrid over his future next summer.
According to Marca, Louis van Gaal is continuing to dig his heels in over the transfer of the Spain international, and the Spanish newspaper believe that it is becoming increasingly likely that the goalkeeper will see out the final year of his Old Trafford contract.
Nonetheless, the report states that all of those involved – including De Gea – are calm over the situation as, despite no transfer having yet been confirmed, a ‘pact’ between United and Real has been agreed.
Marca claim that the Red Devils will allow the 24-year-old to leave on a free next summer; however, if the La Liga BBVA giants change their mind on luring the Spaniard to the Santiago Bernabeu in a year’s time, they will be required to pay a penalty of €5m (£3.5m) – which is the the former Atletico Madrid star’s annual salary in Manchester.
This latest revelation comes just two days after it was stated, again by Marca, that van Gaal was demanding Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas in return for De Gea – illustrating just how complicated the transfer saga had become.
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Having so far signed Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin [via Sky Sports], as well as now allegedly securing the services of De Gea for at least one more season, according to Marca, van Gaal is again sending out a significant message of intent to his Premier League rivals.
What’s more, the former Netherlands manager apparently isn’t easing up his spending in the summer market.
The club have, according to the Mirror, returned with a second £32m bid for Real’s Sergio Ramos, and are considering a swap deal with Paris Saint-Germain – involving Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani [via the Express].
In addition, Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi is said to remain firmly on the Red Devils’ radar and a deal could be close to completion [via the Daily Star].