Keylor Navas off to Old Trafford in part-exchange
- Talks opened between Real Madrid and Manchester United on Monday
- The Spanish club have thrashed out a £29m deal with United
- Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas will join United in part-exchange
- The deal is done subject to official paperwork
- The Spanish transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has effectively sealed his dream move to Real Madrid.
Sportsmail understands that the deal is done subject to official paperwork. De Gea is back home in Madrid and should be confirmed as a Real player before the Spanish transfer window concludes on Monday night.
The Spanish club broke the deadlock on Monday lunchtime as they initiated talks with United officials before thrashing out a deal that is understood to be worth a total of £29m to the Old Trafford club. Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is heading to United in part-exchange.
As of Monday night, he early indications were that Madrid would pay United around £19m and allow Keylor Navas – valued by the two clubs to be worth £10m – to head to Manchester as part of the deal. It brings the total valuation of the deal to £29m and Navas is expected be De Gea’s direct replacement as first-choice in the United goal. Sergio Romero will be his understudy.
David De Gea (centre) hasn’t played for Manchester United yet this season due to an uncertain future
De Gea has not been selected by Louis van Gaal due to doubts about his focus amid interest from Real
United and Madrid entered advanced talks about signing the goalkeeper De Gea (right) on Monday
Madrid will be the happier of the two parties after United had spent the summer demanding a fee in the region of £35m for De Gea. United’s executive vice-chairman was determined not to allow the club to lose face in the transfer market and be seen as inferior to Real Madrid. Indeed, United chiefs even headed into the final day of the Spanish transfer window believing that they would receive a world-record fee for the goalkeeper and eclipse the £32m that Juventus paid to Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
Madrid, however, viewed that valuation as unrealistic, due to the fact that De Gea’s contract at Manchester United was due to expire next summer and in the knowledge that his relationship with manager Louis van Gaal and goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek had completely broken down.
De Gea’s powerful agent Jorge Mendes facilitated the negotiations as the two clubs brought an end to the posturing and, remarkably, held conducive talks for the very first time this summer.
De Gea’s switch to Madrid will see Keylor Navas (right) join Manchester United in part-exchange
Navas saved a penalty as Madrid ran out 5-0 winners against Real Betis in La Liga at the weekend
De Gea was instrumental for United last season as he helped the club return to the Champions League places
De Gea’s departure would not be unexpected but would still be a big blow for United
In Madrid, sources close to the Spanish club believed that United had been left red-faced after failing to maintain their stance and compromising on a considerably lower fee on Monday afternoon. It also follows United’s failure to sign centre-back Sergio Ramos, who intimated that he would head to Old Trafford only to then sign a new long-term contract at Real Madrid.
United will argue that they have received a good fee for a player whose contract expires next summer while they have ensured a replacement is in situ to replace De Gea. It is, however, almost identical to the deal that Madrid first suggested at the start of the summer, only for United to insist on a £35m fee or a player in exchange.
De Gea, for his part, was in Madrid on Monday as he is due to meet up with the Spanish national team at their Las Rozas training base this afternoon after concluding the deal.
De Gea intially struggled with the physicality of the Premier League (left) but became a crucial United player
De Gea frequently came to United’s rescue last season as Van Gaal led the team to a finish of fourth
Sergio Romero was not impressive as United were beaten 2-1 by Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday
The United goalkeeper will be relieved to finally conclude a deal that went down to the wire but which has been nearly ten months in the making. De Gea first confided to friends that Madrid were interested in him as early as last October and after a painstaking period of consideration, he decided in April that this was the right time to return to Spain, where his girlfriend also lives. He rejected all attempts by the Old Trafford club to renew his deal, turning down a £200,000-a-week deal and subsequently endured harsh treatment by Louis van Gaal.
De Gea, for example, was privately furious when Van Gaal claimed in August that he had refused to play for United. The Dutchman also ordered to train with the reserves for much of the past three weeks and he was told that he would not be welcome to join the United squad at away games.
Many inside Carrington were bemused by the treatment who has always been regarded by his peers as an outstanding professional but De Gea refused to rise to Van Gaal’s bait. He continued to do as the club requested, training every day and sitting in the stands at home games as Mendes assured him that the deal would come to fruition. On Monday night, De Gea’s patience was finally rewarded as he sealed his return to the Spanish capital.
Source: Daily Mail