The Spaniard has been linked with Los Blancos for a number of years, but no move has materialized since the failed transfer fiasco back in 2015.
With Keylor Navas proving to a superb and reliable option between the sticks, the Madrid-based outfit has felt no rush or desperation to seal a move for Spain’s no.1 goalkeeper either.
However, the interest has always remained, and with the 27-year-old approaching the final year of his contract in England, the move could be completed in the next summer transfer window.
United do have the option to trigger the clause that will keep him at the club for an additional year, but Jose Mourinho could reportedly consider cashing in on him.
The Red Devils boss is keen to strengthen other areas of the pitch, and could use the money from the De Gea deal to fund moves for his desired targets.
Mourinho has tracked Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane for quite a while, and is a huge admirer of the pair. If the De Gea deal does go through, then relations between the two clubs will undoubtedly improve, and it will give United a better chance of signing the duo.
Both players have been linked to the Old Trafford outfit since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson, and the Red Devils’ sacrifice may just prove to be their gain.
Written by Kunal Kambli
An introverted grammar pedantic who worships football and loves writing about it. Part of the BlameFootball team since 2016.