Real Madrid Agree Deal In Principle To Land David De Gea

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Real Madrid have reached an agreement in principle with Manchester United to land David De Gea, according to Spanish media.

De Gea has been heavily linked with a switch to Real Madrid over the past few seasons with the La Liga champions desperate to replace Keylor Navas. The 26-year-old Spain international was on the brink of leaving Manchester United for Madrid in 2015, but an administrative error scuppered his move.

However, Spanish outlet Don Balon now claim Zinedine Zidane will finally land his man, after agreeing on a deal in principle with the Premier League giants this summer.

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It is believed that all that remains to be finalised is the transfer fee, and how they will convince United to let go of their star goalkeeper.

Manchester United will reportedly not consider offers below £65 million for De Gea, but Real plan to sweeten the deal by offering a player-plus-cash package, which will see James Rodriguez move to Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho is a long-term admirer of Rodriguez, and this proposal might ensure that De Gea becomes a Real Madrid keeper next season.

Zidane is growing increasingly confident to secure the deal, as the English side are already on the lookout for a replacement after heavily scouting the options in Italy’s Serie A.

De Gea has another 2 years left on his deal once he reaches the end of this season, giving the Red Devils flexibility in negotiations, but his exit is likely to boost the funds needed for Jose Mourinho’s summer plans, as he looks to rebuild the squad he inherited from Louis van Gaal last year.


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