Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has said current Red Devils keeper David de Gea now has a clear path to Real Madrid after Iker Casillas left the club.
Los Blancos have been chasing the 24-year-old all summer but so far United have refused to do business.
Following the sale of club captain Casillas, who signed a two-year deal with Porto to bring an end to his 25-year career at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real are expected to ramp up their efforts to sign de Gea.
The shot stopper, a former Atletico de Madrid man, made the switch to Old Trafford in 2011, but is believed to be keen on a move back to the Spanish capital. Although United don’t want to sell, they could be forced to as the player only has a year left on his contract.
Bosnich, who spent two years at Old Trafford between 1999 and 2001, said he wouldn’t be surprised to see a deal go through soon.
Speaking to radio station talkSport, the Australian said: “I think he will join Real Madrid because of the fact Casillas has cleared the way. Real Madrid will want a world class goalkeeper and David De Gea is that. It is quite significant that Iker Casillas has left and I think that paves the way for David De Gea to go.”