Ardent fans of the Premier League will be well aware of the transfer dilemma involving two of the biggest clubs in the game that has continued to rumble on throughout the summer.
Real Madrid, the most valuable club in the world, and Manchester United, the most valuable club in England, are finding it difficult to reach an agreement regarding the transfer of David de Gea. The Red Devils keeper was instrumental to United’s form last season, and with long-serving Iker Casillas departing Madrid, it is unsurprising that they have turned their attention to the United man.
However, while talk of a big-money move has been rife, United bosses have blocked all advances to date. De Gea has since returned to Manchester United for their pre-season tour, but if he doesn’t leave this summer, the club risk losing him, and his £25 million price-tag, for free in 12 months time.
Should Manchester United sell?
Manchester United have done well in the transfer market this summer, but I believe that they need to hold on to the man who was arguably their best player last season if they are seriously looking to win the Premier League title this time round.
It was clear last season that United were lacking in many areas of the pitch, and at many times it was down to De Gea to keep them in the game. Sure, it was a season of transition, and they have made a decent effort of rebuilding the squad over the last two summer transfer windows, but to allow their star players to depart would show a lack of ambition.
Real Madrid truly believe that they can poach the very best players from everywhere and anywhere, and they usually can. They have the financial power to buy any player that tickles their fancy, and usually they get their man. Cristiano Ronaldo from United, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale from Tottenham, James Rodriguez from Monaco – the list is endless. However, if United refuse to give in to the Bernabeu club this time round, it would really show that they mean business, while also reaffirming their place as one of the biggest clubs in the world after a few years out.
However, United haven’t outright refused Madrid’s offer, but instead offered to play them at their own game. The club would allow De Gea to join the Galacticos, so long as they receive a high-calibre player in return. They have continuously reiterated their stance that the only way that they would allow a deal to go ahead is if Sergio Ramos was included in the switch, moving to United. It is highly unlikely that Madrid will allow such a deal to go ahead, but props to the Red Devils for trying.
United’s refusal to sell also shows the fans that the club are putting their interests and entertainment ahead of financial gain. Teams thrive by holding on to their best players, and seeing De Gea back between the sticks next season will certainly make the Old Trafford crowd happy.
The club are making a great decision by maintaining their stance on the De Gea situation. So they may lose out on a hefty transfer fee, but the games that he will single-handedly win next season are certain to pay a portion of it off in prize money anyway.