Los Blancos are keen to send Navas the other way and land De Gea instead, especially after having wanted the player since several years now.
The 12-time Champions League winners almost signed the Spanish No. 1 back in 2015 in exchange for Navas, but the deal did not materialise due to paperwork issues. The deal was called off on a dramatic deadline day, and De Gea then went on to sign a contract extension under then manager Louis van Gaal.
Meanwhile, on the other hand, Navas too, settled down at Madrid and won numerous titles, and has been in commanding form as well. But the stature of De Gea is what excites Real most.
According to a report in Spanish outlet Don Balon, the La Liga giants are confident that United will be interested to take Navas in exchange for De Gea, along with a substantial amount of money.
Real are behind Barcelona in La Liga by a big margin (10 points) at the moment, and reports state that the club hierarchy feels Navas has played a big part in this downfall. The 30-year-old still has a long season ahead, and impressive displays could still change everything.
Negotiations between Real and United have been at a new low since the De Gea incident in 2015. Even this summer, the Old Trafford club saw Real playing hard ball over forward Alvaro Morata, especially when they believed they had the player coming.
The Spanish outfit held United for a ransom before deciding to sell him to Chelsea for a rather lower fee as compared to what they had quoted for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Therefore, it will be interesting to see whether the Red Devils enter into any negotiations over their prized asset, and that too with the Madrid-based outfit.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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