David de Gea: the Conquistadors Conspiracy

Joe Parker

David de Gea has been a Real Madrid target for as long he’s been a Manchester United player.

But with what is more and more looking like a false story, breaking across the media, in regards to a bid – and rejection – of £60million. Is it possible the whole story is a part of a greater conspiracy to ensure de Gea moves to the Spanish giants?

Sky Sports broke a report that stated Real Madrid had submitted the bid for David de Gea – but remember what the same sports network did, when they made up James Rodriguez/Red Devils rumours just so Sky Bet could make loads of money.

The story goes that the Red Devils immediately rejected the record bid for a goalkeeper, which makes sense, seeing as only days go United were confident that de Gea was happy and would stay at Old Trafford.

BREAKING Sky sources report Man Utd have turned down a £60m offer from Real Madrid for David de Gea #SSNHQ pic.twitter.com/AJLKuIXbOE

— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) May 31, 2017

On the surface, this rumour seems credible; the world of football is all to familiar with the Spanish giants’ interest in the man considered the world’s No.1. The transfer breakdown at the end of summer 2015 would also confirm the believability of such rumours.

With a bid of £29million and Keylor Navas being accepted in return for de Gea, only to be obstructed by Real reportedly submitting paperwork late. La Liga then confirmed the documents did not reach them in time and the transfer was null and void.

Therefore a resumption of such affairs this summer would seem, not just plausible, but probable. At the inflated price of £60million, also, it would definitely reflect the keeper’s performances and subsequent rise in value.

With Real preparing for their biggest game of the season, the Champions League Final no less. It hardly seems likely they’d table a bid mid-week, undoubtedly days and maybe even weeks into such preparation.

Nor does the Spanish media show signs of such a bid, which at the reported record transfer fee for a goalkeeper, would undoubtedly be prominent.

Why then would such rumours surface?

Keylor Navas may not be first-choice for the Spanish giants to take on a Champions League and La Liga campaign. The Costa Rican, however, has been prominent in the net, and although he has performed amicably – if not spectacularly – Real are definitely still on the hunt for a world-class ‘keeper.

Combine this with de Gea’s devastation at the transfer falling through two years ago, his home country calling and his girlfriend living in Spain. It isn’t hard to surmise he wants a move back to Spain – despite United’s constant claims that de Gea is happy, it seems he would be happier at Real.

Conspiracy isn’t devolved from football and this is just another example. With no primary evidence from either Manchester United or Real Madrid, just secondary sources in Sky Sports and the Daily Mail, it’s apparent that the legitimacy of the transfer, is highly doubtful.

What reason then do Sky have to release a false story, unless it has come straight from the representatives of de Gea? Eager to unnerve Keylor Navas before a potentially career-defining game, to hinder his performance and create a greater need for the David de Gea-shaped hole in the Real Madrid goal.




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