Edwin van der Sar thinks David de Gea will leave Manchester United for Real Madrid – but believes he can be replaced.
The former Manchester United goalkeeper and Holland international reckons the Spaniard, who has been heavily linked with a £25million move to the La Liga giants, is on his way.
‘There’s been a lot of talk lately and if he wanted to stay he probably would have signed a new contract by now,’ Van der Sar said.
Real Madrid and Juventus are reportedly planning a swap deal involving Paul Pogba and Angel Di Maria, a move that will scupper the plans of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Juventus would ideally like to keep hold of their star midfielder, but realise that is increasingly unlikely with all of the interest that the young Frenchman has gathered following his impressive World Cup.
Pogba has also shown no signs of wanting to extend his contract beyond 2016, so Juventus would be wise to cash in while he still retains value.
If Juventus are to sell Pogba, then boss Antonio Conte wants to reinvest the funds in a versatile forward so he can play a 4-3-3 system next season. Di Maria would fit the bill perfectly.
Pogba during the World Cup v. GermanyPogba during the World Cup v. Germany
Both Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with a £40m move for Di Maria recently, whilst Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho seem determined to add Pogba to their sides. Madrid would rather retain Di Maria, but seem willing to sell him for around £40m.
These new reports suggest, however, that the Spanish giants would rather use their man to prise Pogba from the clutches of Juventus.
If reports are true and Juventus are keen on a switch for the Argentinian attacking midfielder then this would leave all interested Premier League parties disappointed.
Real Madrid Legend
The Spanish club broke the news on their Twitter feed with a simple message: “Alfredo Di Stefano died on Monday at 88 years old”, accompanied with the hashtags, #EternoAlfredo (forever Alfredo) and #Leyenda (legend).
Thousands of fans are expected to say a final goodbye to Di Stefano at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, where his remains will be on public view all day Tuesday
Real Madrid, President, Florentino Perez, led the tributes as he hailed Alfredo Di Stefano as the best player ever to have played the game in the wake of the legendary forward’s death at the age of 88.
“Today is a day of absolute sadness for Real Madrid and dare I say it the entire football world,” Perez told assembled journalists. “Di Stefano was the most important player in the history of Real Madrid and the best footballer of all time.
“Alfredo Di Stefano is Real Madrid. He was decisive, determined and changed the destiny of this institution. He was able to extend the passion for Real Madrid to all corners of the world.