Real Madrid will seek an early summer deal for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

The Daily Mail says Real Madrid want to make De Gea their first signing of the summer to ensure there is no repeat of the soap opera from two seasons ago.

Real president Florentino Perez has been waiting for the chance to unveil De Gea since the comedy of errors two years ago.

De Gea’s contract was ready for him in 2015 with the player set to earn around 6.5million euros (£5.5m) a season. Manchester United renewed his deal once he stayed and Madrid will now need to match his United money, making him comfortably the club’s highest-paid keeper ever.

The priority within the club is for the transfer to be a smooth one after the embarrassment of the broken fax machine – archaic football speak for a failure to comply with FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS).



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