Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is still Real Madrid’s big summer goalkeeping target despite increased speculation linking them to Manchester United’s David de Gea.
De Gea came agonisingly close to joining the Blancos in August 2015 only for an infamous administrative error on transfer deadline day to scupper the move.
De Gea responded days later by signing a new four-year deal with United, but there has been heightened talk in recent days of a new move by Madrid to sign him after the 26-year-old’s girlfriend, Edurne Garcia, was seen house-hunting in the Spanish capital.
Garcia once claimed Manchester to be “uglier than the back of a fridge” and her desire to live in Spain full-time has long been cited as one of the major attractions for the Spain No.1 to move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
But Goal sources in Spain say there is no change in Madrid’s plans for the summer, with Belgian shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois their clear favourite in the market as they look for improvements on current first-choice Keylor Navas.
who replaced the Belgian at the Vicente Calderon after three years on loan from Stamford Bridge.
And there has since been no significant renewed interest in De Gea, with his partner’s house-hunting seemingly incidental to Madrid’s summer plans.
While it is believed that Madrid’s kit suppliers would prefer for the club to sign De Gea since he is also sponsored by the brand, Courtois is very much the Blancos’ preferred target.
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