Red Devils optimistic over David de Gea plan because of Real Madrid

Red Devils optimistic over David de Gea plan because of Real Madrid

Manchester United are hopeful Thibaut Courtois' move to Real Madrid will speed up contract negotiations with David De Gea, sources have told ESPN FC.

Now De Gea is expected to commit within the coming weeks, to a deal that could be worth in excess of £40m and would tie him to Old Trafford for at least the next five years.

United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was told by Real president Florentino Perez over breakfast in Miami last month that the Belgium keeper was heading to the Bernabeu and they would not pursue De Gea.

Real Madrid have constantly been linked with a move to sign De Gea in recent years and the Spanish side came close to landing the shot-stopper back in 2015.

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Now one of United's best-paid players, the shot-stopper's current deal expires in June 2019, but the English giants have an option to extend it by a further year.

Despite a miserable 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign with Spain in Russian Federation, he is still regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in world football, and United are hopeful this new deal will fend off any others teams trying to bid for their No. 1.

De Gea, who was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson from Atletico Madrid for £18.9m in 2011, has won United's player-of-the-year award in four of the past five seasons.

That deal has one year (and a 12-month option) left to run and United are keen to agree fresh terms with the 27-year-old.

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