Spanish giants Real Madrid will have to fork out a world record fee for a goalkeeper if they are to successfully land Manchester United’s David De Gea, according to The Daily Mail.
The 26-year-old has fast become one of the best shot-stoppers in world football during his time at Old Trafford, and has once again been in fine form this term, keeping ten clean sheets in 27 Premier League starts.
And his excellent displays in the United goal over the last few years, which has seen him win their Player of the Year award for three straight seasons, has seen interest from Madrid intensify, to the point that a deal was almost concluded back in 2015, only for the paperwork not to be submitted in time.
However, the European champions have continued to monitor De Gea’s efforts in England, yet they are believed to be aware that the 26-year-old does not have a release clause in his contract, and thus may need to pay up to £66 million for his services.
That is double the current world-record figure for a goalkeeper, a move which saw Gianluigi Buffon move from Parma to Juventus in 2001 for £33 million, and that could be enough to thwart Real’s approaches this summer.
De Gea still has another two years on his United contract, and will hope to help Jose Mourinho’s men to a top four finish in the Premier League this term after missing out under Louis van Gaal last time out.
The Red Devils are fifth in the table and four points adrift of Liverpool ahead of their clash with West Brom on Saturday.