Manchester United have agreed the sale of David De Gea to Real Madrid, with Keylor Navas poised to move the other way in a deal valued at £29million.
The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper has been linked with a return to La Liga all summer, and has been left out of all of United’s games so far this season on the back of Real Madrid’s interest in him.
The Spain goalkeeper has just a year left on his deal at Old Trafford, and with the transfer dragging on for most of the summer, all parties will be satisfied at the apparent closure of the saga.
It is reported that Real will pay United £18million for the Spanish keeper, with Navas – who is valued at £11million – moving to Old Trafford as part of the combined £29m deal. It’s also claimed that De Gea will double his wages and will sign a six-year deal at the Bernabeu.
United boss Louis van Gaal had previously insisted that De Gea would not be sold this summer, but his stance appeared to soften following United’s 2-1 Premier League defeat to Swansea on Sunday, despite new goalkeeper Sergio Romero gifting the home side their winning goal.
When asked whether the 23-year-old would stay at United, Van Gaal replied: “I don’t know.
“We have to wait and see but I don’t want to interfere.
“As a manager we have divided our tasks and the task is for Ed Woodward (United chief executive) and not for me.
“You can ask all the players but you have to wait and see until Manchester United make an announcement, or the club where he is going to make an announcement. Otherwise he stays.
“But we have coped with the situation by buying Romero. That is what we have done as a club to settle that issue. We have done it well.”