Louis Van Gaal has given a major hint that David de Gea would be joining Real Madrid in the next few hours. The Dutchman has failed to provide a concrete statement about the Spaniard staying at Old Trafford. Instead, he has admitted that he is in dark about the 24-year-old’s future. De Gea has been linked with Madrid throughout the summer. Just a few weeks ago, it looked like the interest from the Spanish club had finally ceased due to incredible stubbornness from United. The negotiations have once again kicked and this time it looks like Madrid would be successful.
United have been extremely stubborn with the fact that they would not sell De Gea for anything less than their valuation of over £27 million. Madrid have so far been persistent on their £30 million offer considering that the player only has 12 months left on his contract. However, the decision to sell Iker Casillas before acquiring the signature of De Gea appears to have given United a lifeline. Rather than let the player leaves on a free transfer, it looks like United will receive just over £25 million if the negotiations progressed smoothly over the next few hours. Van Gaal said:
“I don’t know [David de Gea staying]. 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.”
Since the Spanish transfer window closes much earlier than the English transfer window, any deal to bring the player will have to be done within today. British clubs can sign players until Tuesday 6 PM BST. De Gea was once again left out of the squad for the 2-1 defeat against Swansea during the weekend. Even though Van Gaal continues to maintain that the player does not seem to be in the right frame of mind for selection, it seems to be a case of protecting the player to allow a transfer to go through.
Sergio Romero continues to be picked as the first choice goalkeeper, but he did not help his case by making a grave error in one of the goals scored by Swansea. This was the third consecutive 2-1 defeat suffered by van Gaal against the Welsh team. It leaves United five points adrift of table leaders Manchester City with just four games into the new season. Goal scoring has been a major problem, but Van Gaal claimed that the club will not be making any panic buys.