David de Gea‘s future was always going to be one of the biggest transfer stories as far as Manchester United are concerned this summer.
Now, with the season still yet to finish, the rumours have started to begin in earnest.
James Ducker from The Telegraph reported on Monday night that De Gea is likely to stay at Man United. Excellent. Ah, there’s a catch – it would only be if Jose Mourinho replaces Louis van Gaal. The Guardian are also reporting the same story.
In what sounds like an article which has been ghost written for Jorge Mendes, Ducker goes on to say an agreement in principle is in place with Mourinho and were van Gaal to stay it would make it unlikely he’d stay.
At the same time, pressure is starting to be exerted in the Spanish press as well. “David de Gea on standby waiting for Real Madrid’s call” report AS.
David De Gea on standby waiting for Real Madrid's call.
Today's front cover of AS. pic.twitter.com/qKCiv4Oo1b
— AS English (@English_AS) May 17, 2016
And on top of all this regarding De Gea and Mourinho, there are separate reports suggesting Man United have offered Zlatan Ibrahimovic but that he wants guarantees Louis van Gaal won’t be manager next season.
It’s not a coincidence these stories are all starting to come out of the woodwork with two games to go and top four now out of reach. Now, the argument to keep van Gaal next season is effectively unjustifiable without Champions League football.
Yet, we still hit here without any confirmation as to who’ll be in charge for the start of the 2016/17 season but the majority of fans’ minds are already made up – it can’t be van Gaal.
No fan could begrudge De Gea leaving this summer having been our player of the year for three consecutive seasons but if the arrival of Mourinho would stop that from happening, as well as Ibrahimovic arriving, then calls for Jose to take over are only going to increase in volume.