Just when you thought it might be over, the David De Gea to Real Madrid transfer saga rolls on.
Spanish paper AS is reporting that Louis van Gaal has had a change of heart regarding his first choice keeper and has asked that De Gea be sold to Real Madrid as soon as possible.
The rumour for much of the summer was that United would sell, but only if Sergio Ramos moved to Old Trafford. However, Ramos moving to the Premier League is now thought to be unlikely.
According to AS, Van Gaal made the decision following a mistake from De Gea in Man Utd's 2-0 loss to PSG in a friendly during the week.
After the game, the Dutchman said:
We have a situation on our hands that is not good for the player, not good for us and not good for the club where the player wants to move to.
As De Gea has only one year remaining on his contract, he could leave for free next season. If he was to maintain the same level of performance which saw him named Man Utd Player of the Year last season, then it would certainly be worth the risk of losing him for nothing next summer.
However, it is now a possibility that Van Gaal believes that the 24-year-old could be too distracted for this to happen.
Van Gaal's reported urgent need for the sale of De Gea is likely because he feels neither recent signing Sergio Romero or Anders Lindegaard are up to filling the Spaniard's place between the posts on a full time basis.