Manchester United’s PFA team of the year goalkeeper has been the subject of a blizzard of speculation in the last 24 hours, after reports in Spain suggested that he had agreed personal terms with Real Madrid.
Marca were the source of the rumours, in a story under the headline ‘Real strike De Gea deal’ that read as follows:
‘David de Gea is the chosen one to be the next Real Madrid goalkeeper. The player earmarked by Vicente del Bosque for a “soft transition” to replace Casillas for Spain could also be Iker’s successor at the Bernabéu.
‘Los Blancos and De Gea have agreed comprehensive terms, but the most difficult and tortuous part is yet to come – negotiations with Manchester United.
‘De Gea’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has a fantastic relationship both with Florentino Pérez and with the United owners. He was instrumental in the talks between Real Madrid and De Gea and now has a key role to play to broker a transfer.’
The Daily Mail were quick to relay the information, but it wasn’t long before Sky Sports News reporter James Cooper refuted suggestions that any kind of deal had been struck, telling the channel:
“His future is still up in the air. One thing I can clarify is that he hasn’t agreed terms with Real Madrid.
“The situation is clear that Manchester United do not want to entertain David de Gea leaving Old Trafford. He has 18 months left on his contract and is one of nine up next summer.
“They’ve made an offer to keep him at United. One thing that isn’t happening at the moment is negotiations with another club.
“Those things are not happening. Therefore, this story is not alive. As things stand, he is a Manchester United player.”
De Gea is now 3/1 to be a Man Utd player at the close of the next transfer window, with bwin going 3/10 about him playing for Real Madrid.