The Manchester United manager is reported to be willing to sell for £100m – or £45m plus Alvaro Morata. It’s a surprise move; the Red Devils success was founded on a strong defence and De Gea was instrumental in that.
An already complicated move became shrouded in more doubt. Gianluigi Donnarumma, AC Milan’s highly-rated young goalkeeper, rejected Milan’s contract offer, sparking an immediate race for his signature.
Represented by Paul Pogba’s agent, Ria Minola, Donnarumma is rumoured to be Juventus’ choice to replace the legendary Gianluigi Buffon, who is retiring from professional football this summer.
The trio of clubs are familiar with the hard bargaining agent. Pogba’s world-record breaking move to Old Trafford last summer was a drawn-out affair as the Italian flitted between Manchester and Madrid to get the best deal for his client.
Spanish media outlets, AS and Marca, are both reporting that Real are in talks with Milan over the 18-year-old prodigy. Juventus are favourites to land the goalkeeper who recently broke into the Italian national team.
The unanswered question is why United would want to sell? World-class goalkeepers are in short supply and with De Gea arguably the best in the world, who will they replace him with?