The Spanish international came close to joining Real Madrid in the summer transfer window, only for the two clubs to miss the deadline for handing in the required documentation, according to BBC Sport.
Following this move breaking down, De Gea appeared to commit his future to United by signing a new four-year deal, as confirmed by the club’s official site earlier this week.
However, if The Sun’s reports are correct, the 24-year-old asked for a £30m buy-out clause to be included in the terms of the new contract, meaning a chance of joining Real Madrid in the future is surely still high.
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Real have a track record of paying big money to bring in the players they want, and look in need of a world class keeper to replace club legend Iker Casillas, who left to join FC Porto during the summer transfer window.
De Gea would be the ideal candidate to step into Casillas’s shoes at the Bernabeu, and an asking price of £30m won’t necessarily seem too high to Real, given their habit of often over-paying for players in order to build a ‘Galactico’-style side full of the world’s biggest names.
The Sun adds that De Gea decided to sign a new contract with United in order to keep playing, fearing the axe from his country’s squad for Euro 2016 if Louis van Gaal continued to play Sergio Romero in goal this season.
The guardsman’s fears were surely assuaged with a starting spot for United’s 3-1 triumph over Liverpool on Saturday.