Real Madrid eye De Gea as long-term replacement for Spain skipper Casillas
11:52 GMT, 30 December 2012
Manchester United are braced to receive a 22million bid for David De Gea in the summer from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Iker Casillas was dropped in Real’s game against Malaga, and it seems Jose Mourinho is on the hunt for a long-term replacement for the Spain captain.
The two are known to have a stormy relationship at the club, and although 31-year-old Casillas has previously said he’d like to finish his career at Real, recent comments have indicated that he might be open to a move.
Homesick: There are rumours De Gea is missing his native Spain after transferring from Atletico Madrid 18 months ago
Expensive:The Spanish giants are set to bid 22million for the United goalkeeper
De Gea was signed by United as a replacement for Edwin van der Sar for over 18million.
There have been rumours that the Spanish goalkeeper has suffered from homesickness, however, since he moved from Atletico Madrid 18 months ago.
The Spain Under-21 is now the top target for Madrid boss Mourinho, according to The Sun.
A Real insider said: ‘De Gea is definitely wanted by Mourinho but a lot depends on his own future.
‘But he’s studied De Gea’s form closely and is very interested.’