It’s one thing for Real Madrid to keep buying Manchester United’s best players for a fair price. They paid a decent £25m for David Beckham with his contract running out at Manchester United. Cristiano Ronaldo went for the princely sum of £80m and around £12m wasn’t bad for a Ruud van Nistelrooy who had injury concerns.
But reports over the weekend suggest that they are in danger of straining the relationship by taking the mickey.
The Mirror states:
Real Madrid have reportedly offered Manchester United their No.2 goalkeeper as part of the David De Gea deal.
If Manchester Untied do have to say goodbye to De Gea they are going to replace him with top quality. Being offered a keeper who can’t even get in the team ahead of Iker Casillas is plain insulting.
Casillas was of course a great keeper. But if you judged him on his last two seasons alone, for Spain and Madrid, you would have to say that he’s extremely lucky to be playing for either. This is a keeper who is largely living off his reputation and it doesn’t say an awful lot for the talents of Navas that he’s only played 6 times since joining the club last summer.
These are unsubstantiated reports of course. But Real Madrid should be aware that just because some of United’s players are seduced by Los Blancos, doesn’t mean that they are a feeder club for the Spanish giants. Most Manchester United fans expect to be playing the likes of Madrid in the latter stages of The Champions League again next season – so they are direct competitors if anything.
If Madrid really value De Gea they should offer Bale in exchange. But Navas? Do me a favour.