Real Madrid are ready to sign David De Gea this summer, even if it means they have to break the record transfer fee for a keeper. The club is reportedly planning on a £60m bid for the Man United star.
Real have for long targeted the Spanish shot-stopper, but have failed to land him. This time though, president Florentino Perez wants to make sure De Gea returns to Madrid, and are ready to table a £60m offer, according to The Sun. The previous record was £32.7m that Juventus paid Parma for Gianluigi Buffon.
If this bid fails, though, Real have Thibaut Courtois as their back-up option. The Chelsea keeper will also cost a fortune, however, with him widely regarded as one of the best in the Premier League, along with De Gea. The Belgian also spent some time in Madrid, when he was on loan at Atletico Madrid.
De Gea had earlier played for Atletico, before moving to Manchester United, where he quickly established himself as one the best in the business.
Real Madrid have been trying to lure him back to the Spanish capital for some time now. They did come close in 2015, before an office-room gaffe lead to the deadline day deal breaking down. Real also failed to trigger his £30m release cause last summer, as per reports.
Real’s first-choice keeper Keylor Navas has struggled to put in consistent performances this season. This has made De Gea or Courtois’ signing all the more imperative for the 11-time Champions League winners. In such desperation, they are ready to almost double the previous record and bag United’s player of the season for the past three seasons.