Real Madrid close in on David De Gea

It looks increasingly likely that Manchester United will have to look for a replacement for their star goalkeeper David De Gea.

According to reports, new Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez has given his blessing to the transfer, which just leaves the transfer fee to be decided.

While Real Madrid will start most likely start their offering at around £20 million, given De Gea’s age and ability, there is a chance Manchester United will demand a fee upwards of £25 million.

There is also a possibility of including either Gareth Bale or Raphael Varane in that deal, after a failed £110 million offer for the midfielder and centre-back was made previously.

De Gea was born and raised in Madrid, playing for cross-town rival Atlético Madrid’s youth team from 2003-2008 and the first team from 2009-2011, before heading to Manchester United for just under £18 million, a then-record for a goalkeeper.

Since the transfer, De Gea has become a regular in the Red Devils’ starting 11, winning a Premier League title in 2012. Along with the club success, De Gea has also been named the PFA Goalkeeper of the Year twice, in the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons.