David de Gea was so eager to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid over the summer that he was ready to “lose money” to seal the move, according to El Chiringuito.
The Spanish stopper came within hours of signing for the La Liga giants before paperwork issues saw the transfer collapse as the deadline passed.
The 24-year-old has, as a result, stayed at Old Trafford, and has since penned a new contract with the club in a bid to cool the speculation surrounding his future.
But according to El Chiringuito journalist Jose Luis Sanchez, De Gea was willing to make a financial sacrifice to join Los Blancos:
“De Gea has shown that does not move for money. He was willing to lose money to go to Madrid.”
— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) September 15, 2015
It remains unclear as to how the monetary hit would have manifested itself, but possible ways could be the sacrifice of bonus payments or the acceptance of a lower salary than the one being offered by Manchester United.
Despite De Gea having penned a new deal in Manchester, a release clause worth around £25.5m is in place, leaving the door ajar for Real, according to El Chiringuito.