A move to Real Madrid from Manchester United may “tempt” David de Gea, according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.
The Spanish goalkeeper has been one of the Premier League’s standout stoppers so far this season, with his heroics between the sticks key in the Red Devils’ current top four berth.
However, with 18 months remaining on his contract, Real Madrid are believed to be keen.
Los Blancos have been linked with a staggering Gareth Bale plus cash swap deal for the ‘keeper, while there have even been suggestions that they could wait until his deal runs out before launching a free raid.
Although nothing official has come from De Gea indicating that he would like to join the European champions, Hunter believes that he would be “tempted” should they make a strong move:
“It’s definitely the objective of Real Madrid to buy this extremely talented young Spanish goalkeeper,” he told talkSPORT.
“I know that, having spoken to people at the Manchester United training ground, while they understand fully that De Gea respects and enjoys playing there, that there are some personal things that might be balanced out by a move back to Spain.
“He was a little bit thrown by the arrival of Victor Valdes, who he regarded as a role model. I think the word from people around him is that, if he was offered Real Madrid, it would severely tempt him.
“The ball is in Manchester United’s court, they can take these doubts away. They are a powerful enough club to persuade him it is the right time to stay.
“For his development it is the right time to stay, but anybody who doesn’t think he’d be tempted by Real Madrid is missing the point a little bit.”
Real currently have Iker Casillas and Keylor Navas as their main goalkeeping options.