The Manchester United fans have been mesmerised by some of David De Gea’s performances once again this season, but they are concerned that fresh interest from Real Madrid this summer could finally result in his departure from Old Trafford.
Our resident Red Devils can regularly be heard waxing lyrical about their long-serving goalkeeper De Gea in the tavern, and recent weeks have proven to be no exception to that rule. De Gea is undoubtedly the best goalkeeper in the Premier League right now, and also United’s most influential player.
The Spaniard has single-handedly saved his side on countless occasions down the years with incredibly acrobatic saves which defy all reasonable expectation. His importance to the club cannot be expressed highly enough, as United would certainly be lagging even further behind their local-rivals without him.
With that to consider, it’s absolutely vital that United do everything in their power to resist any forthcoming offers from Real Madrid which may arrive during the summer transfer window. According to Spanish media outlet Don Balon (via The Daily Star), Mourinho is willing to let De Gea leave the club this summer if he receives Cristiano Ronaldo in return as part of a headline-making swap-deal.
The same report claims United will offer £35 million and De Gea to secure Ronaldo’s signature this summer – a deal which would be the club’s worst piece of business in recent memory. Although the romantic idea of bringing Ronaldo back to Old Trafford is a tantalising one for the supporters, it’s simply a ludicrous deal for United to pursue.
Despite being 33-years-old, Ronaldo has plenty to offer the club, but time is running out for him at the pinnacle of his game, whereas De Gea still has at least ten years left on his shelf life. Mourinho would have one of the most difficult challenges of his managerial career trying to replace De Gea, and the arrival of Ronaldo certainly wouldn’t soften the blow enough to justify his departure.
Quite simply, allowing De Gea to leave would enable Manchester City to solidify their dominance in the Premier League and force United into an unhealthy decline, so Mourinho must avoid all feelings of nostalgia this summer and abandon his pursuit of Ronaldo.