Manchester United won’t sell De Gea because the Real Madrid ‘virus’ have yet to make a bid
More news on Manchester United’s David De Gea, who is surely heading to Real Madrid. But having dropped the wantaway Spaniard, Man United manager Louis Van Gaal says he’s going to block any sale. The Dutchman told media:
“I think when Manchester United wants a player he shall come, besides when a club isn’t selling. It is the same with us. We are not selling De Gea.”
Van Gaal is pretty much the only Dutchman in top-flight football who speaks English worse than the English. But the end part of his tatement is clear: De Gea stays at Old Trafford.
Man United fans must wonder what’s going on. We’re not yet at the point wheren Van Gaal is as angry with Real as his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson was when he vowed not to “sell that lot a virus”. But it must be frustrating to deal with a club who have tapped up your player and are yet to make an offer for his trasnfer.
The Guaridan notes:
United’s view is that Madrid are taking liberties and that De Gea – still young at 24, and their player of the year by a country mile – should fetch a world-record transfer fee for a goalkeeper, currently set by Gianluigi Buffon at £33m, regardless of the fact the Spaniard is a free agent next summer. Initially they wanted a player-plus-cash exchange with Gareth Bale and, when that got them nowhere, the second option involved Sergio Ramos.
Madrid would rather do it their own way and still, perhaps, suspect United will buckle approaching the end of the transfer window. But it is far more likely now that De Gea will stay in Manchester, against his will, for the rest of the season.
We’ll know when the transfer window shuts on September 1.