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Thursday 8 December 2016

De Gea's Real Madrid deal is all but done

David de Gea
David de Gea

REAL Madrid are closing in on David de Gea and believe that they are now down to the fine detail of a deal they are confident is all but over the line.

Widespread speculation over the last few days suggested that De Gea (left) has made his decision and told Real Madrid that he will sign.

New boss Rafa Benitez was unwilling to have both Iker Casillas and De Gea in his squad for next season but reports suggest that the current Real Madrid No. 1 netminder has agreed to leave.

Casillas has been tipped as a possible recruit for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Officials in the Bernabeu are waiting until De Gea wraps up his involvement with Spain who meet Belarus in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday before they move in to talk personal terms.

But they must still find a way around the current deal-blocker which appears to be Louis van Gaal's insistence that Karim Benzema comes to Old Trafford as part of the deal.

Real president Florentino Perez does not want the 27-year-old go and there is no certainty whether Benzema wants to leave or not.

United, meanwhile, have turned their attention to Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne after Dani Alves decided to extend his contract at Barca.

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