REAL Madrid’s hopes of signing David De Gea this summer appear to be diminishing by the day after the club’s president admitted it will be difficult to complete the move for the Manchester United goalkeeper, which fell apart on transfer deadline day last summer.
Real saw their attempt to sign De Gea collapse after a paperwork delay, with De Gea going on to sign a new long-term contract with United during the season. The future of the 25-year-old goalkeeper looked to be uncertain as the transfer window approached, but the dismissal of Louis van Gaal as manager and appointment of Jose Mourinho appears to have swayed De Gea’s mind into staying at Old Trafford.
Florentino Perez, the Real president, has admitted that the arrival of Mourinho as manager, combined with the form of current Real first-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas, would make the move difficult to complete, even though Real have the allure of winning the Champions League in two of the past three seasons.
Speaking to reporters in Spain, Perez said: “I am not the one who has to decide. I would say it is very difficult to manage two great players in that position.”
After allowing club legend Iker Casillas to leave the Santiago Bernabeu last summer in his move to Porto, Real failed to bring in a big name to replace the Spain goalkeeper – Kiko Casilla returned to the club on a free transfer to provide cover for Navas.