Connect in the back of the net

Deliberate sabotage in the name of a ‘broken’ fax machine may have set David De Gea’s move to Real Madrid up in flames two years ago, but the saga has seemingly – if not assuredly – reached its epilogue.

A virtuoso demonstration of how determined Manchester United were to retain their first choice goalkeeper soon followed when the then 24-year old penned a new contract; one that would commit him to Old Trafford until the summer of 2019.

Real Madrid have ceaselessly blamed United over the collapse of the transfer, but that has never deterred them for making subsequent bids for the Spaniard.

With Manchester United further complicating negotiations this summer with incessant – mostly irrational – demands for the inclusion of Alvaro Morata in the deal, Real Madrid may save face by signing Gianluigi Donnarumma who has refused to sign a contract extension with AC Milan.

 

One Mino Raiola

The opening of the transfer window set a precedent for a summer of embattlement over the services of David De Gea – who is easily among the best goalkeepers in the world.

However, the two European clubs may have to call a truce following the unexpected availability of Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Mino Raiola has a close working relationship with the hierarchy at Manchester United having facilitated the transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba.

The football agent also represents Donnarumma and may have wittingly convinced the 18-year old to reject a new contract at Milan; with a year left on his current contract.

Milan may not have taken the news with good grace, but the Serie A side will inexorably have to cash in on the teenager or risk losing him as a free agent.

Real Madrid could very well sign Gianluigi Donnarumma; a move that will forever end all speculations over David De Gea’s future at Manchester United.

 

Champions League football

Real Madrid have heralded a new era of dominance in European football by completing a hat-trick of Champions League titles in the last four seasons.

The sheer dominance exhibited by the Spanish giants can be alluring to any ambitious football – none more so than David De Gea.

Be that as it may, the reassurance of Champions League football at Manchester United next season coupled with Jose Mourinho’s ardor for success is all De Gea needed to stay at Manchester United.

 

Written by Brian Humphrey

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