It has been widely publicized by the Spanish media that Real Madrid is interested in securing the signature of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. It is believed that the two clubs are in negotiations about a possible move during the summer transfer window.
If Real Madrid is going to get their man they will need to pay at least £55.3 million as that is the release clause amount set in his current Man U deal. At 26 years old De Gea is about to enter the prime of a goalkeeping career and will be very difficult to replace. Over the last few season, he has been a standout performer in an under performing team. If it was not for his brilliance things would be far worse than they currently are at Old Trafford.
Real are looking for a replacement for current goalkeeper Keylor Navas and are expected to this summer. As well as showing strongly interested in De Gea, Thibaut Courtois the Chelsea keeper along with Spurs Captain Hugo Lloris.
It is unlikely that Chelsea will be ready to sell their star goalkeeper this summer. Real think it may be easier to tempt Lloris to play for them but the France captain has just signed a brand new contract with the club until 2022. He is a big part of their plans going forward and Pochettino is confident that they will be able to keep him at the club. With the brand new stadium on its ways, it will be hard for the Spurs captain to walk away from leading his team out at a world class stadium.
Real are expected to be busy this summer in the transfer market due to their ban on transfers being lifted. With the huge influx of Chinese money entering the game, the transfer market is going to take on another twist. It remains to be seen if Real are able to hold on to an aging Ronaldo or if they cash in big while they still can. With the sale of the world's best player, they would almost be able to build a new squad with the money they would receive.
If Real are going to get one of their top goalkeeping targets they may have to include a player to sweeten the deal enough that one of the EPL clubs would be interested in selling. If they do manage to secure De Gea, Man U could try to tempt Lloris to join them. It will be a hard sell though when you consider that his current team are above them and playing probably the best football in the EPL.
It is going to be a very interesting summer for goalkeepers and one moving club could start a merry-go-round. De Gea, Lloris and Courtois are three of the best keepers in the world and if any became available there would be no shortage of bids. It could send their prices sky-high and by the end of the summer, we could have a new world record fee. It is certainly worth a punt and the best bet is definitely on De Gea to move to Real Madrid. If you are thinking of putting on a wager on it,Bet365 will give you a free €/£200 in credit when you make an account to use for your next sports bets, although you'll need to check out the current bonus terms and conditions to make sure you complete all the requirements before withdrawing it.