David de Gea could soon make a sensational return to LaLiga, according to Spanish media.
Neither the Spaniard nor Manchester United have had a particularly nice time of it since the two officially parted ways on June 30. Indeed, such have been United’s struggles this season that some fans called for De Gea to be brought back to Old Trafford after Andre Onana cut a less-than-impressive figure in the embarrassing 3-1 loss to Brighton.
While this has always been wishful thinking, the goalkeeper could yet be in line for a return – to Spain. The 32-year-old is still a free agent, though he has reportedly had some offers, all of which he has thus far rejected.
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Particularly clubs in Saudi Arabia were interested in acquiring the experienced Spaniard’s services, but some outlets claim that De Gea only wants to return to his home country. Indeed, Real Madrid were briefly linked with him when Thibaut Courtois went down with an ACL injury, but Los Blancos ultimately settled on Chelsea’s Kepa.
Valencia have also reportedly been trying hard to recruit the ex-Atletico Madrid shot-stopper, but it could be another Spanish side who could have the last laugh.
De Gea to Betis?
That’s at least according to Fichajes, which claims that Real Betis are weighing up making a move for the free agent. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have experienced a mixed start to the new LaLiga season, currently sitting in a disappointing 10th.
More worrying than their position in the table, however, is the fact that only two teams – 18th-placed Granada and bottom side Almeria – have conceded more goals than the Seville club.
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“Betis’ need to secure a quality goalkeeper is evident,” writes the Spanish outlet, “and they cannot afford to wait until the January transfer window. The option of signing David De Gea, a goalkeeper with extensive experience in the Premier League and the Spanish national team, is very attractive for Betis.”
“The story of David De Gea at Betis has yet to be written,” the report continues, “but it seems that the green and white club are working hard to secure his signing and solve their problem in goal….”