David De Gea has “already told” Manchester United he wants to leave the club this summer for Real Madrid.
According to reports in Spain, Real have initiated “operation De Gea” as they try to finally sign the player they almost bagged in 2015.
Real are determined not to make the same mistake they made two summers ago, when they thought they had signed the Spaniard right on the deadline.
But there appeared to be an administrative problem and his registration was not cleared in time.
De Gea then signed a new contract at United on improved terms and has arguably become the world’s best goalkeeper, with Manuel Neuer another major contender.
According to Marca, it is significant – although possibly just a coincidence – that De Gea was out of the side when United beat Sunderland 3-0 at the Stadium of Light on April 9.
Mourinho said before that game: “David has a little problem.
“He hasn’t travelled. Normally Sergio plays in the Europa League and that is next Thursday so that is not ideal for him at all.”
Marca also reckon that Mourinho “has come to accept that De Gea’s move is inevitable”.
They also reckon United will replace him with Joe Hart – who is currently owned by cross-town rivals City and is on loan at Torino.
Real accept that they will have to pay a world record transfer fee for De Gea, smashing the £32.6million Juventus paid Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
If the deal does happen Mourinho is keen to negotiate for two key Real forwards in a bid to improve United’s attacking options.
Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez are top of his list, with the pair in and out of favour under Zinedine Zidane – although both scored in Real Madrid’s 6-2 thumping of Deportivo.