Manchester United have agreed a cash-plus-player deal worth £29m to sell David De Gea to Real Madrid.
Manchester United have agreed a cash-plus-player deal worth £29m to sell David De Gea to Real Madrid, according to the BBC.
The summer’s most drawn-out transfer saga is now set to end with De Gea, aged 24, getting his long-awaited move to the Bernabeu.
Costa Rica international goalkeeper Keylor Navas will move in the opposite direction to provide competition for United boss Louis van Gaal’s current first-choice, Sergio Romero.
United had been demanded a world record fee for a goalkeeper of around £35m or a deal that involved Spain defender Sergio Ramos moving in the opposite direction.
Madrid refused to bow to either of those demands and it appears United have blinked first as the close of the transfer window draws near.
With De Gea out of contract at the end of the season – and theoretically free to sign a contract with any overseas club from January onwards – they have dropped their valuation and accepted a deal that falls short of the £30m, even with Navas’ valuation taken into consideration.
Navas, aged 28, impressed in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and signed for Real from domestic rivals Levante in a €10m deal shortly after the tournament finished.