There has been a sense of inevitability about David de Gea’s eventual transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid. Aside from a transfer to the Spanish club meaning a move to his hometown, something that would please his family and girlfriend, it would be hard for any player to reject the advances of a club like Real Madrid.

Moving there would greatly improve De Gea’s chances of winning the Champions League, a competition he has barely featured in since joining United, and the status of playing for Real Madrid is huge. The Spanish club pride themselves on signing the best of the best, whoever is flavour of the month, so it was obvious that as soon as De Gea inherited Spain’s no.1 jersey from Iker Casillas that Real Madrid would be interested.

As a result, the best football betting sites would show De Gea’s move to Madrid as incredibly likely at some point in his career, but whether that will be this summer or not is unknown.

The transfer came close to taking place the season before last, with Real Madrid biding their time, before trying to rush it at the last minute. Both clubs blamed the other for the collapse, having agreed for De Gea to leave and for Keylor Navas to make the move in the opposite direction.

After that deal broke down, De Gea signed a new contract with the club, much to the relief of United fans. It meant that either he was set to spend the next few years at least at United, or that if he was to leave the following summer, at least United could demand a reasonable fee for him.

De Gea has lifted three trophies since then, which will do something to satiate his desire, yet they are little consolation for missing out on league titles and the Champions League.

Stories linking De Gea with a move to Real Madrid have been quieter this summer than in previous ones, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still the possibility.

Madrid had been keen on signing Gianluigi Donnarumma from AC Milan, although the teenager bended to pressure from the fans following huge criticism over his decision to leave and signed a new deal with his boyhood club. Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois was another candidate Real Madrid were reportedly interested in, and the goalkeeper has hinted several times about a future away from the club, but Chelsea are unprepared to negotiate.

The Spanish club are still looking for an upgrade on Keylor Navas, whose form last season didn’t match that of his performances in the prior campaign, so may well turn their attentions back to De Gea.

United’s goalkeeper is currently with the squad in the USA for United’s pre-season tour. At the training ground, he was offered a Real Madrid jersey to sign but he refused. Then, on Saturday evening, he played the first half of United’s 5-2 win over LA Galaxy, keeping a clean sheet.

The goalkeeper’s value to United is enormous and, as Mourinho looks to build a squad capable of challenging for the title, losing a player of De Gea’s quality would be a huge blow. But with De Gea seemingly happy at United, especially when surrounded by best pals Juan Mata and Ander Herrera, he’s unlikely to kick up a fuss. Without him putting pressure on United to leave, the club should refuse to even entertain offers.

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