Spanish media outlet Marca have revealed David de Gea‘s release clause at Manchester United stretches to €60m (£51.6m).
The 26-year-old was on the verge of a move to Real Madrid in 2015 but the proposed transfer collapsed in the closing hours of the transfer window.
De Gea went on to sign a new contract with Man United and went on to win a third Player of the Season award in a row following an excellent 2015/16 campaign under Louis van Gaal.
According to Marca’s José Félix Díaz, Real Madrid – or any club for that matter – would have to shell out €60m for the Spaniard.
Reflecting on those final few hours of the 2015 transfer window, which saw Madrid fail to capture their star man due to a sequence of hilarious documentation issues, one can’t help but feel as if the Spanish side radically misjudged the entire situation.
At the time, De Gea had one year left on his contract. And Spanish side could have simply waited for one more year, giving the 26-year-old time to develop further, before signing one of the world’s finest keepers on a free – in accordance with the Bosman ruling.
But hindsight is an ultimately pointless thing, and Madrid will have to accept that their prime transfer target has been snatched from their hands.