Real Madrid target Bilbao stopper after ending De Gea chase

Date published: Thursday 13th July 2017 12:29

Real Madrid have reportedly given up their hopes of signing Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and have now turned their attentions elsewhere.

De Gea has been strongly tipped to finally seal a return to Madrid this summer, having missed out on a last-minute switch back in 2015.

Jose Mourinho, however, has insisted that the Spain international is not for sale and is said to be unhappy with Real’s handling of negotiations between the two clubs as United tried and failed to recruit striker Alvaro Morata, according to the report in Don Balon.

That has led to Real completely ending their interest in De Gea, despite the need to bring in another goalkeeper to provide competition for Keylor Navas.

Their latest target is reported to be Athletic Bilbao stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who produced a string of outstanding displays last season, with a £26.5m (€30m) bid being mooted.

As for De Gea, he is currently in pre-season training with United in Los Angeles ahead of their friendly with LA Galaxy on Saturday.

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