David De Gea was within a whisker of joining Real Madrid in 2015 — and now it seems as though it’s next summer or never if he is to move to the Bernabeu.
Reports from Spain say Madrid president Florentino Perez “has sounded a warning to De Gea” that his club will move for Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois if a transfer cannot be achieved by then.
Madrid have not lost interest in signing Spain international De Gea despite their narrow failure to do so a couple of summers ago.
And the Mirror says Perez has “put a deadline on next summer to get the deal done,” with Courtois firmly in their sights.
Recent reports said Chelsea were set to step up talks over a new deal for Courtois amid continuing Madrid speculation.
The Belgium international has less than two years left on his current contract but has indicated that he is content to leave the talking until the end of the season, sparking renewed interest from Madrid.