Unlike two years ago, when Madrid and United failed to file paperwork in time to land De Gea on deadline day, Los Blancos have reportedly moved quickly to lock down the 26-year-old goalkeeper.
Carpio estimates De Gea, who has apparently pledged to sign a five- or six-year contract, would cost Madrid around €70 million to €75 million – a figure which would make him the most expensive shot-stopper in history.
Madrid had previously been linked with Chelsea‘s Thibaut Courtois and Tottenham‘s Hugo Lloris, but Marca’s assistant director believes De Gea is not only an upgrade on Keylor Navas but a marketing goldmine as well. The fact he is the starting goalkeeper for Spain‘s national team is an important detail, according to Carpio.
The negotiation process could involve James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata, whom Jose Mourinho reportedly covets as an ideal partner for fellow transfer target Antoine Griezmann. The two Madrid players, who’ve struggled to earn consistent playing time at the Santiago Bernabeu, could be used as makeweights in any exchange for De Gea.
Rumours of the Spanish goalkeeper’s inevitable return to his homeland have yet to relent since an administrative error prevented a deal from being done in August 2015.
A transfer didn’t materialise last summer, but it appears the saga could reach a conclusion in the coming months.