Exclusive: Real Madrid Make Approach For Manchester United Goalkeeper David De Gea

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United shot-stopper eyed as Casillas replacement.

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Real Madrid are ready to make a move to sign Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea from Manchester United this summer as they eye a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas, CaughtOffside understands.

The future of long-serving shot-stopper Casillas has been under scrutiny for some time now after he was dropped to the bench by former Real boss Jose Mourinho last season, and then continued to be left out of the starting lineup by new manager Carlo Ancelotti for much of this campaign.

The 33-year-old was eventually re-instated as the club’s number one, but it is thought that there could still be potential for him to move this summer, with both Arsenal and Manchester City reportedly keeping an eye on his situation.

It now looks increasingly likely that the Champions League winners will look to use Casillas’ sale to help fund a move for a new top class goalkeeper to be the club’s number one for the long term, and that de Gea has been identified by the club’s president Fiorentino Perez as the ideal candidate.

The 23-year-old, who made his debut for the Spanish national team this weekend, has been a top performer at United since joining from Real’s local rivals Atletico Madrid back in 2011, and looks capable of establishing himself as one of the best in the world in his position for years to come.

United will be understandably keen to keep hold of the talented youngster, but may face a struggle to do so after their failure to qualify for this season’s Champions League following a disastrous campaign under previous manager David Moyes.

De Gea could be tempted to return to his native Spain, and may relish the chance to play for arguably the biggest club in the world as United face an uncertain future following last summer’s retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Louis van Gaal has been appointed manager for this season after Moyes’ dismissal, and the Dutchman is expected to be busy in the transfer market as he hopes to lure some big names to Old Trafford in a bid to persuade those already at the club that they can recover next year after a highly disappointing seventh-place finish in 2013/14.

Still, he will now have to fight off Real’s advances for one of his top players in de Gea, and there may still be further challenges of a similar kind as other top clubs will surely try their luck with bids for several of United’s big names.

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