La Liga giant Real Madrid have been imposed with a transfer ban. But that will not stop them from pursuing their long time target David De Gea from English Premier League (EPL) club Manchester United.
The ban on Real Madrid means that the Los Blancos won’t be able to sign or register any players for the next two transfer windows, this summer and January 2016.
The top hierarchy of Madrid is very confident of winning the appeal against the ban. Hence, they have decided not to jump into heavy transfers in the current window, which doesn’t fall under the ban. Madrid wants to pursue De Gea in the upcoming summer, according to Independent.
Real wanted to add De Gea to their arsenal in the beginning of this season, last year. However, a fax machine error prevented the Spaniard from joining The Whites. De Gea remains the prime transfer target for Madrid and the board sees him as the clubs goalkeeper for the next decade.
Real had Iker Casillas as their keeper for over fifteen years and want to continue the tradition of having Spain’s No. 1 custodian guarding their goal. Although De Gea was developed by Real’s city-rival Atletico Madrid, the Spanish giants wouldn’t stop at any length to capture their target.
Meanwhile, the Premier League saw a major transfer wrap up as Southampton captured the services of Queens Park Rangers (QPR) striker Charlie Austin for £4 million (US $5.7 million). Austin was also monitored by other Premier League clubs like Crystal Palace and Newcastle United.
Austin was the fourth-highest goal scorer in the Premier League last season with 18 goals. Although recovering from a knee injury this season, Austin has already bagged a total of 10 goals from 16 Championship matches. Despite signing Austin, Southampton will not let any players leave this winter in order to balance the books.
“Nobody is for sale now. At the end of the season, you don’t know.” Ronald Koeman, Southampton manager stated.
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