Manchester United are claimed to be ‘relaxed’ over the future of David de Gea – because Joel Pereira is considered a viable replacement for the Spaniard.
Real Madrid have reignited their long-standing interest in the goalkeeper, and are reported to have prepared a £50million bid.
United and Real have a difficult history of player sales, dating back to Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to the Bernabeu in 2009.
Alvaro Morata’s failed move to Old Trafford served only to strengthen the negative feelings between the pair, but Real remain confident they can sign De Gea.
According to the Independent, United are ‘relaxed’ over the recent speculation, believing they are in an ‘extremely strong negotiating position’.
De Gea has a long-term contract at United, who do not need to sell for economic reasons. The player is not pushing to leave, either.
But the Independent add that that ‘is not the only reason they are relaxed’. In fact, ‘there are many at Old Trafford’ who believe that current third-choice keeper Pereira could replace him.
There is a feeling that Portuguese Pereira ‘has the potential to be even better than De Gea’, and that the club would not sign a short-term replacement if De Gea leaves.
United’s preference is to keep De Gea, and for Pereira to learn his trade under the Spaniard.