Insane wouldn’t be a light word to describe some of the transfer reports that make the rounds. But these days, they tend to have an element of genuineness to them owing to humungous release clauses attached to players and equally big transfer budgets for powerhouses to splurge on.
Manchester United is the name that has been largely associated with these kinds of transfers nowadays, a relative newcomer in terms of big spending, but one that has nevertheless made a firm statement.
That the club has deep coffers is no secret, and Jose Mourinho is unapologetically adamant to spend. Despite that, this next report would still be a bit too extravagant if true.
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Don Balon reckons that David De Gea is inevitably on his way out of Old Trafford, with Real Madrid being the obvious destination in mind.
As of such, Manchester United have already sought whom they want to sign as a replacement, and he is not coming for cheap.
The rumormonger reckons the Mancunian club is willing to pay the mind-boggling £158 million release clause of Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The goalkeeper is, without a doubt, one of the finest players in the spot on Europe, but that amount is there for a reason and not by virtue of his merits.
If the move goes through, it will just be short of over double of the £89 million the Red Devils paid for Paul Pogba.
Even with goalkeepers, a new precedent will be set, as the £35 million paid for Ederson by Manchester City will be peanuts compared to this giant sum.
But what is also key to understand is that De Gea leaving will determine the outcome. The Spaniard was yet again named the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, and while links to Madrid will always exist, at the moment, it seems highly unlikely that Mourinho will want to lose out on him.