Ex-Man Utd star ‘on the brink’ of completing transfer to Real Madrid

David de Gea is reportedly close to signing for Real Madrid.

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is reportedly on the verge of joining Real Madrid.

The Spaniard is a free agent following his departure from Old Trafford earlier this summer, which ended his 12-year stint in Manchester. De Gea had been linked with a move to Bayern Munich and Saudi Arabia, but speculation has since dropped and the experienced stopper is yet to agree a deal with a new club.

It has led to reports that Madrid are keen on signing the 32-year-old, who was born in the Spanish capital and previously played for local rivals Atletico Madrid. Los Blancos are in the market for a new keeper following the news on Thursday that Thibaut Courtois has suffered an ACL injury and could miss the entirety of the 2023/24 campaign.

TalkSPORT are reporting that De Gea is ‘in advanced talks’ to join Madrid, with the outlet adding the keeper is ‘on the brink of signing’ for the 14-time European champions. Kepa Arrizabalaga had been linked with a switch to the Bernabeu, but it appears Real have opted for the cheaper option in De Gea, who could join without Real paying a transfer fee.

The ex-United man nearly signed for the club in 2015, but an infamous faulty fax machine prevented the deal from going ahead. De Gea has since had an up-and-down few years, and he excelled during the reigns of Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho at United, while his performance levels dropped dramatically under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

After a good 2021/22 campaign, De Gea had a mixed season last term. The former Spain international won the Golden Glove award and put in several superb performances for United, but he also made a number of calamitous errors, including in the FA Cup final, and the Europa League exit at the hands of Sevilla.

Real begin their La Liga season on Saturday with a trip to Athletic Bilbao, with Andriy Lunin expected to start between the sticks.