Spaniard De Gea has long been targeted by the La Liga giants, having almost signed him two years ago.
United are determined not to lose their star shot-stopper though, and that has turned Madrid’s attentions elsewhere.
Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois is apparently above his Premier League rival in Zinedine Zidane’s current summer wishlist.
And it is claimed the Blues are also willing to do business if striker Alvaro Morata arrives at Stamford Bridge in return.
David De Gea has made his point known to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho about Real Madrid
De Gea has made his feelings known to Jose Mourinho at United
The former Atletico Madrid keeper is intent on not letting slip a second chance at joining dream-club Madrid and reportedly wants to be allowed to go.
Mourinho has left De Gea out of his team of late due to a minor injury and poor form over the past month.
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But the United ace is hoping to feature tomorrow against Chelsea (4pm) and Courtois so he can showcase himself for Madrid.
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If one of the two do secure a switch to the Bernabeu though, their replacement is lined up for either club.
Manchester City’s Joe Hart is admired by both Antonio Conte and Mourinho. with Pep Guardiola making him available for £25m at the end of the season.
Conte has heard positive things at Torino, where Hart is on loan for the campaign, and Mourinho prefers the vocal, authoritative style of the England international to a sweeper-keeper.
Hart is high on Chelsea’s shortlist to replace Courtois, and although they would prefer to keep the Belgian, he is apparently threatening to run down the final two years of his contract if blocked from joining Madrid.
Despite the City keeper having to potentially switch allegiances for neighbours United, his unpopularity with Guardiola and the understanding attitude of supporters would not necessarily make it an issue.