Miguel Delaney of the Independent on Sunday claimed Los Blancos are seeking to appeal to sanctions they were levied with his week, which will prevent the club from registering new players during the next two transfer windows if they're upheld. Despite their failed pursuit of the 'keeper last summer, De Gea is claimed to be high on their list of targets.
Delaney stated the Real hierarchy held a meeting to discuss the transfer ban on Thursday. “They emerged from the meeting so confident of winning their appeal, they decided not to rush through signings during this January window, which is excluded from the ban, and wait until the summer to make a move for De Gea,” he reported.
Bleacher Report’s Sam Tighe and Dean Jones took a look at how various players who've been linked with Real are likely to be affected by the transfer ban:
De Gea seemed set to join Real in the summer after a drawn-out saga. Eventually, Los Blancos left their pursuit too late and the deal collapsed on the final day of the window. Since then, the Spain international has settled back into life at Old Trafford and signed a new contract with United.
Bleacher Report’s Sam Pilger feels as though the ban for Real means De Gea will be at Old Trafford until the end of next season:
And so any speculation is now completely snuffed out: David De Gea will be #MUFC's goalkeeper for the 2016/17 season— Sam Pilger (@sampilger) January 14, 2016
However, an appeal could allow Real the time to make summer signings. Barcelona were handed a similar ban in April 2014. An appeal process meant there were no preventative measures in place the following summer, the Blaugrana signing Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and others and going on to win a memorable treble.
If Real were to free themselves from this ban for the next window, it seems as though a deal for De Gea could still be done. But it's up in the air, and you suspect the club will be lamenting waiting so long to get this one over the line in the summer, especially when the goalkeeper had just one year left on his contract.
Victor Valdes Move Blocked
According to Colin Young of the Daily Mirror, Manchester United have blocked a possible move to Newcastle United for out-of-favour goalkeeper Victor Valdes, with the Red Devils said to be unwilling to let him switch to another Premier League club.
The Spain international has been marginalised by manager Louis van Gaal after a pre-season disagreement. As the report noted, the former Barcelona man trains on his own and can only do so when other members of the first team are not there.
Young claims Newcastle have made an approach to sign the shot-stopper, with their No. 1, Tim Krul, out with a long-term knee injury. “But Van Gaal rejected the move when Newcastle made their initial query and is happy to let Valdes see out his contract without even playing reserve team or junior games,” reported Young.
BreatheSport summed up the 34-year-old’s situation:
Happy 34th birthday to Man Utd keeper Victor Valdes! Here he is in training today... pic.twitter.com/64oYZwuZNY— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) January 14, 2016
Has Valdes been treated harshly by United?
It’s a shame to see such a talented player wasting such valuable time in his career. At his age, Valdes should be playing regular football, and this time of a ‘keeper’s career often represents the peak years. Given Valdes was out with a serious knee injury before joining United, he’s now homing in on two years without regular football.
His talent, winning mentality and experience means he’d still have a lot to offer if he were able to get a move elsewhere. Hopefully, for Valdes’ sake, he gets the chance to do so in January.