De Gea sets up house for sale
David de Gea seems to have further fueled the rumours regarding his move to Real Madrid as the Spaniard has set his Manchester house for sale.
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The 24-year-old who is out of contract next year has his heart set to a move back home and wants super agent Jorge Mendes to complete the move quickly as de Gea does not wish to join Manchester United’s pre-season tour to the United States in July.
David de Gea has already said ‘goodbyes’ to players and staff at Manchester United and was relaxed about the move until reports of a swap deal for Sergio Ramos emerged, which seem to have stalled the transfer dealing between Manchester United and Real Madrid. United, have apparently asked Ramos to be included in any deal involving De Gea and are not ready to be bullied by the Spanish giants.
With the revenue Manchester United generate, United are ready to allow De Gea leave for free rather than being bullied by Real Madrid. Ramos seems to be unhappy about his contract situation at the Madrid club and is willing to leave the club with United being the preferred destination.
It will be a tough task for Van Gaal to replace De Gea who has set very high standards in his last 2 seasons at the club. They do have players lined up, should De Gea finally moves with Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen being one of them. The Dutch goalkeeper was coached by van Gaal himself as the then Dutch manager trusted the young goalkeeper as they finished 3rd in last year’s World Cup. Peter Cech seemed a great choice but the 32-year-old is set to move to Arsenal. Hugo Lloris is one of the favourites to replace De Gea. Lloris has already expressed his desire to play in the Champions League, a competition Tottenham Hotspur failed to qualify. It may be tough however to deal with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy who seemed to have made a reputation of being a shrewd negotiator.
United themselves have ex Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes who was bought as the second choice keeper in the January window. Valdes has made his mark in the football world having won Champions League and La Liga titles with Barcelona and also the World Cup and two European Championships. Valdes will be looking forward to earning a place in the starting eleven, whether De Gea leaves or not.