According to reports in The Sunday Times, Manchester United want £66m from Real Madrid if the Champions League winners want to sign goalkeeper David De Gea this summer, but they could accept a part exchange deal for one of Jose Mourinho’s targets if not.
Well, The Sun reported earlier this week that Real have had a £60m bid for the Spanish stopper rejected, and stories suggest that the Red Devils want just £6m more to do a deal with the La Liga giants.
However, Mourinho is also said to be interested in replacing Zlatan Ibrahimovic with Alvaro Morata this summer and sources at United have suggested that they could take the Spanish striker plus £23m for De Gea.
The 26-year-old is understood to have told Mourinho earlier this year that he would like to play with the La Liga champions at some point during his career, and the latest link comes less than two years after the transfer saga that nearly saw De Gea join Real in the early stages of the 2015/16 season.
Of course, the Portuguese boss wouldn’t want to lose a world-class player that has been voted the best in the Premier League over the course of the last three seasons, but if he wants to go then Mourinho surely won’t make him stay against his will.
The former Chelsea manager hinted that Sergio Romero could be more involved in the future after starting the Europa League final ahead of De Gea, and he may feel that the Argentine can step up and be United’s number one next term.
He certainly would be.
Mourinho needs a new striker this summer because of Ibrahimovic’s injury, which has left him with Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney – whose future is in doubt – as his only options right now.
Morata scored 20 goals in all competitions last season for Los Galacticos following a successful two-year spell with Juventus.
Well, if De Gea wants to go and Mourinho is willing to sanction the deal, then either a £66m fee or a transfer that includes Alvaro Morata could be the best move for all parties involved.