Jose Mourinho is desperate to keep David De Gea at Manchester United despite the player’s desire to move to Real Madrid before the start of Euro 2016, according to Spanish paper AS.
The report also suggests there’s a clause in De Gea’s contract that allows the newly crowned European Champions to sign the Spanish goalkeeper for a fee close to €50 million.
However, it is also understood that the release clause expires on June 15th and if the transfer doesn’t materialize, the Spanish club would have to pay De Gea a €10.9 million compensation fee.
Despite Keylor Navas enjoying a brilliant season at the Bernabeu, capped off by helping his team win the Champions League for an 11th time last month, Madrid president Florentino Perez is thought to be keen to push the deal through because of a moral obligation towards De Gea.
De Gea was seconds away from completing his transfer to Real Madrid last summer, but the paperwork didn’t go through on time, which led to both teams releasing official statements on the matter and blaming each other for the collapsed move.
Mourinho is unlikely to allow the saga to drag on for a second summer in a row, so De Gea’s future will probably become clear soon enough, especially if the Spanish paper’s information is genuine.
The Portuguese wouldn’t allow the transfer speculation to hinder his process of rebuilding the team. The last thing the team needs is starting the new season with uncertainty over De Gea’s future.