Rafa Benitez has been happy with the play of Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla this summer and does not believe that there is any need to sign De Gea now, especially when he is out of contract in a year’s time and can join them on a free transfer.
Without having a pay a transfer fee, ESPN report that Madrid have agreed to offer De Gea a pre-tax salary of €16.9 million rather than paying United €35 million for the keeper now plus whatever wage demands the player puts forward.
This is the worst case scenario for Louis van Gaal and Manchester United who have refused to be bullied by Real over the deal, and tried to tie De Gea’s transfer into a deal that included Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. But with Ramos signing a
new long-term deal in Madrid that option has gone.
None of the options for United are good ones. They can sell De Gea to Real now and get a fraction of the €35 million that they have been asking for. Or they can sit De Gea on the subs’ bench for the season, but that doesn’t make United better if one of the top three goalkeepers in the world is not playing.
Unfortunately for United fans it looks like Real Madrid are going to get the player that they wanted, as they always do, and United will be left with a goalkeeper not as good as the Spaniard.