Manchester United stopper David De Gea appears to be featuring in this summer’s biggest transfer saga.
The Spain international has been linked with a move back to his homeland with Real Madrid for months now, and the Daily Star are reporting that the 24-year-old has agreed personal terms with the La Liga giants.
Meanwhile, United are eying up Real Madrid centre-half Sergio Ramos. Mail Online say that Louis Van Gaal is weighing up a second bid for the Spaniard having already had a £28.3million bid rejected by Real.
It’s surprising that there hasn’t been any talk of a possible swap deal involving Ramos and De Gea, but it did get us wondering whether such transfers would benefit the two sides.
So we booted up our copy of Football Manager 2015 to see what would happen if De Gea was at Real Madrid and Ramos was plying his trade in the red half of Manchester United.
The results? Both sets of fans would be pretty happy with this…
David De Gea returns to the Spanish capital and is immediately handed the club’s No.1 jersey. The 24-year-old is already under pressure to succeed, but the fans meet his arrival with optimism and fanfare.
And as debut seasons go, you don’t get much better than this. Despite selling Sergio Ramos to Man United as part of the deal to bring De Gea to the Bernabeu, Real are still odds on favourites to win everything.
They sign Mateo Musacchio from Villarreal to fill the void left by Ramos, and then just crack on with the task in hand.
By the end of the campaign, David De Gea had won the double. Despite losing to arch rivals Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, De Gea played a huge role in his side lifting the Copa Del Rey and La Liga. Real ran away with the league, winning by an impressive eight points. Barcelona only manage third spot.
De Gea kept a huge 17 clean sheets in the league and 28 in all competitions…
So it’s fair to say Real Madrid would benefit hugely from De Gea’s arrival and the youngster appears to be the ideal replacement for Iker Casillas.
But would Man United miss him?
Sergio Ramos is just one of several new faces at Old Trafford that summer, with Louis Van Gaal also bringing in the likes of Marek Hamsik from Napoli, Adriano of Barcelona and Marseille’s Nicolas Nkoulou.
Ramos slots nicely in the the centre of Van Gaal’s defence, but not for long. A sprained ankle picked up in training mid-way through August keeps him sidelined for five weeks and then in November he’s forced to miss a month because of a hernia. Shortly after returning to full fitness he tears a hamstring in a 4-2 FA Cup fourth round victory over Cardiff and he’s ruled out for three months. Nightmare.
Still, the Spaniard ends the season with a Capital One Cup winners’ medal, despite missing the final through injury. Overall he made 24 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice and providing two assists.
Man United didn’t win the league, but they finished runners-up behind Arsenal, just five points short of pipping their London-based rivals to the title.
So although Sergio Ramos had an injury riddled debut season in England, it still turned out to be a good campaign for United. Life after De Gea was certainly better than expected, and Victor Valdes was trusted with the gloves, though he only managed to keep eight clean sheets in all competitions.