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Report: Real Madrid plot fresh attempt to sign De Gea – will cost at least double Courtois’ transfer fee

Real Madrid will reportedly attempt to lure Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to the Bernabeu again in the summer.

It’s no secret that the La Liga giants are long-term admirers of the player, and almost signed him in 2015 before a delay in the necessary paperwork prevented the move from taking place, which could have seen Keylor Navas come the opposite way, as covered previously by BBC Sport.

De Gea signed a new contract in September, but The Sun claim we would demand a fee of around £70m for the 29-year-old.

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When he signed the new contract, which runs until 2023, De Gea told Manchester United’s official website: “It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour.

“I am committed to continue repaying the fans for all of the care that they’ve shown me during the good times and the bad.”

Born in Madrid, with a history at Real’s bitter rivals Atletico, De Gea became a United player in 2011. Since then he has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, however, questions were asked about his shocking clearance against Everton last weekend that allowed Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score.

Even though he makes mistakes from time to time, I wouldn’t be rushing into selling the Spaniard, though Dean Henderson is on loan at Sheffield United until the end of the season and he gives Ole Gunnar Solskjaer something to think about.

And it very much remains to be seen whether Madrid are willing to meet United’s demands for De Gea, especially after they splashed £35m on Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea just two years ago, as per ESPN. That’s half of what De Gea is currently worth.

No mistakes against Man City tomorrow, please.

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