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David de Gea Transfer: Manchester United goalkeeper set to leave for Real Madrid; Toni Kroos to arrive at Old Trafford

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Premier League giants Manchester United and La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid have agreed to swap David de Gea and Toni Kroos, according to reports in Spain. The reports also suggest that United will pocket an extra £15 million ($19m) from the deal.

Both Real Madrid and Manchester United officials have reportedly met last weekend to verbally agree on the transfer. The reported deal will be completed once the summer transfer window opens after the end of the current season.

Mourinho sees Kroos as Carrick replacement

Jose Mourinho, United manager will reportedly lose the battle to keep his Spanish goalkeeper at Old Trafford. Hence, the Portuguese gaffer wants to sign Kroos. He wants the German to replace the 35-year-old Michael Carrick, according to Miguel Delaney of The Independent.

De Gea has been linked with a transfer to the Spanish capital ever since his proposed move to the club fell out in 2015. The Spain No. 1 is keen to move back to Madrid, where he began his career with Real’s neighbors Atletico Madrid.

The 26-year-old, who signed a contract extension with the Red Devils after his move to Real Madrid fell in 2015 has won United’s player of the year award each of the past three seasons. The Spaniard has been in an excellent form in the 2016-17 season as well. The man from Madrid, Spain has maintained 13 clean sheets in all competitions for United until now.

Kroos to be perfect Pogba partner

Mourinho reportedly wants Kroos at United to bring some defensive solidity to central midfield. The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager believes that the Germany international will be a perfect partner to Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera. The 27-year-old will also be a long-term replacement for Paul Scholes.

“Kroos is the best midfield passer in the world, towards the end of my career, I tried to emulate him. Kroos would be a perfect fit alongside [Ander] Herrera and [Paul] Pogba at Manchester United,” Scholes said on Kroos signing for United, according to Sportskeeda.

United are reportedly in a strong negotiating position because they do not need to raise funds for their summer. Hence, their demands for a player in exchange for De Gea may come to fruition.

Fans at Old Trafford will be disappointed to see David de Gea leave at the end of the season. However, the prospect of seeing Kroos bossing the midfield at Manchester, added by the Spaniard’s desire to leave for Real should be comforting enough.

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