In Focus: De Gea likely to become unsettled after £60m Real Madrid bid

According to reports in The Sun, Manchester United have rejected a £60m offer from Real Madrid for goalkeeper David De Gea.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 26-year-old has consistently been linked with a move back to Spain over the course of the last three season and now Real have finally launched a huge offer for the former Atletico Madrid stopper.

Although the offer was immediately rejected by the Red Devils board, with United wanting to keep the Spain international at Old Trafford, the La Liga champions aren’t ready to take no for an answer.

Would De Gea be keen on the move?

Rumours in recent seasons have suggested that he is keen to return to his homeland and a chance to be the first choice goalkeeper at Real would be a hard one for him to turn down, especially with the 2018 World Cup just around the corner.

How has he done this season?

The 26-year-old has once again shown that he is undoubtedly a world-class goalkeeper throughout the campaign, as well as being Jose Mourinho’s first choice stopper having made 45 appearances in all competitions.

However, a few eyebrows were raised when the Portuguese boss selected Sergio Romero in the Europa League final instead of the Spaniard, which may have cast some doubts over his future.

Would United be willing to sell him?

It depends.

While they wouldn’t want to sell a world-class player, Real Madrid have already offered what would be a world-record fee for a goalkeeper and if they go much higher than £60m, they could choose to reluctantly accept the bid if they feel he is unsettled and that they can replace him.

Sergio Romero showed during the Europa League campaign and in the closing stages of the Premier League season that he may be able to provide an even bigger challenge for the number spot next term.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, United are under no financial pressure to sell any players this summer but if the bid unsettles De Gea and he decides he wants to return to Spain, their hand could be forced.