The 24-year-old was left out of Louis van Gaal’s squad for Man United’s opening day win over Tottenham Hotspur and was left to watch replacement Sergio Romero secure a clean sheet against the North London club.
The Argentine international looked shaky early on, especially with his kicking, but grew in confidence as the match wore on and pulled off a couple of late saves to help Man United to a narrow victory.
The Daily Mail claim Real Madrid are ready to pay £25m for the former Atletico Madrid man but the Old Trafford side will push for £35m, despite the fact that the custodian has just a year to run on his current deal and could therefore leave on a free transfer in 12 months’ time.
De Gea has arguably been Man United’s most consistent performer over the past two years, but van Gaal’s move to bring in Romero, and leave the Spanish international out of his first-team set-up, has left the player in no doubt about who’s in charge.
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Man United paid £18.9m for De Gea in 2011 (via BBC Sport) and after initially struggling for form, the Madrid-born stopper has matured into one of the best goalkeepers in European football.
Newly-appointed Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez opted to sell Iker Casillas to FC Porto earlier this summer, but has since brought in Kiko Casilla, who may well challenge Keylor Navas for the starting role at the Bernabeu.