As the saga has rumbled on and David de Gea has been frozen out of United’s first team, the story has see-sawed this way and that, however we may now finally have a definitive answer as to where the Spaniard’s future lies as deadline day looms.
The Mirror report that De Gea’s representatives believe a deal can be agreed between Real Madrid and United as soon as next Monday but the reported transfer fee will not rise to United’s £35 million valuation and De Gea will instead leave for closer to £30m.
As the window has developed, rumours around De Gea have cooled somewhat, however now the Old Trafford club look set to lose one of their most valuable assets in a season which United will be expected to challenge for all trophies on offer.
That task will be made much more difficult with United’s Player of the Year for the last two seasons now looking as though he is going back to his homeland.
In the long-run it may make more sense to sell now and at least have some more cash to improve the squad with in January if needs be, rather than let De Gea go on a free and risk potentially having a goalkeeper who is not fully focused after a summer of potentially unsuccessful wrangling.
As De Gea’s exit nears, Sergio Romero now looks destined to be United’s number one this term, having already started every competitive game this season for United, conceding just one goal so far against Club Brugge.
Rob Lyons. Pundit Arena