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De Gea camp ‘increasingly confident’ of Real Madrid transfer

There are rumours that the long-running transfer saga could be coming to an end

David de Gea’s camp are increasingly confident the Manchester United goalkeeper will complete a long-protracted move to Real Madrid before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, The Mirror reports.

De Gea hasn’t featured for the Red Devils so far this season, having been exiled by manager Louis van Gaal until his future is resolved either way.
And sources close to the player believe that a transfer can be done by Monday, it is claimed.

Real have so far failed to meet United’s £35m asking price for the Spaniard – a world record for a goalkeeper – but is understood that an offer slightly less than £30m will be accepted by United.

Reports suggest the Premier League side have reached a stage where they feel they would be better off without De Gea, given the distraction his protracted transfer has caused.

The 24-year-old has also refused to sign a new contract at Old Trafford, meaning he would leave them for free next summer barring a dramatic u-turn before then.

Stand-in goalkeeper Sergio Romero has proved an able deputy so far and it is unclear if United plan to bring in further reinforcements before the deadline.
One player who had been tipped to replace De Gea is Dutchman Jasper Cillessen, but the Ajax No.1 has since pledged his future to Ronald de Boer’s side.
De Gea’s fellow Spanish shot-stopper, Victor Valdes, is also on is way out of Old Trafford, with a move to Besiktas all but complete.

Elsewhere, Manchester City have made an ‘astonishing’ wage offer to winger Kevin de Bruyne, claims Wolfsburg’s director of sport Klaus Allofs.
De Bruyne, 24, has been left out of Friday’s game with Schalke as talks continue over a move to City.
City have not responded to reports a £58m deal has been agreed for the Belgium international.

Chelsea meanwhile have made an offer for China and Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng, Chinese media reported on Friday.
The Premier League champions sent a contract on Wednesday and hope to secure the 26-year-old right back before the summer transfer window closes on Tuesday, Titan said.

Even if were to go ahead, Zhang said he did not expect to get straight into Premier League football.
Players from non-European Union countries are subject to tighter work permit requirements in Britain, and Chelsea might elect to loan the defender to a European side for a period of time to pave his way into the league.

Technically proficient and solidly built, Zhang has been a key player in Guangzhou’s success in China and their run to the 2013 Asian Champions League title.
He carries the nickname ‘Zhangmos’ in China in a nod to Real Madrid’s stalwart defender Sergio Ramos.

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