Real Madrid will up their pursuit of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea once they have played Juventus in Saturday’s Champions League final.
Los Blancos will look to become the first team in the modern era to defend their European crown at Cardiff, but it seems that they will waste little time once their season comes to an end, as reports in the Mail suggest that United can expect a bid from the La Liga champions as early as next week.
Reports earlier this week claimed that the Red Devils had rejected an initial bid from Madrid – however, the Mail state that no formal offers have been made as manager Zinedine Zidane remains solely focused on Saturday’s meeting with Juventus.
De Gea’s contract at Old Trafford runs through until 2019 and he himself is not believed to be pressing for a move to the Bernabeu.
But with Los Blancos keen to find a replacement for Keylor Navas this summer, the United shot stopper has long been rumoured to be their top transfer target and they will likely make a bid for the Spaniard in the coming days.
The Red Devils are said to be reluctant to negotiate and with neighbours Manchester City closing in on record £35m deal for Benfica keeper Ederson, they are reportedly ready to raise De Gea’s £60m price tag even higher.
Whether that will be enough to deter Madrid’s interest remains to be seen, but either way, it appears certain that a bid will be entered in the coming weeks as Madrid look to finally sign the goalkeeper who they came close to signing back in the 2015 transfer window.