They say the only thing more stressful in life than moving house is the death of a close relative – and this could be good news for Manchester United fans.
Deaths of close relatives are never good news for anyone, obviously. But house moves can be – particularly one that is revealed in today’s Sun.
The tabloid reports that Red Devils goalkeeper David de Gea has moved into a “luxury new pad” in Cheshire, which “hints at his long-term stay at Old Trafford”.
The 26-year-old Spaniard has been linked with a transfer to Real Madrid for the past three summers, and Los Blancos are still trying to sign him according to the latest edition of Don Balon.
But would he really go through the ordeal of a house move just for the sake of one year in his new home? The guy earns £200,000 a week – imagine how many antique chairs and DVDs he’s got.
It’s not like he had to move because his old place was rubbish either. The Sun adds that De Gea and his girlfriend Edurne Garcia (along with their dog, Maxto) were previously living in a “£3.85m mansion” which is only 500 yards down the road from the new gaff.
The more paranoid United fans may be concerned the De Gea family are only renting the new place, but the Sun insists they have an “option to buy down the line”. That’s what they told the estate agents anyway.
Alexis ‘has heart set’ on Man City
Don Balon remain unconvinced, claiming that Madrid will reignite their attempts to sign De Gea, as well as Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, next summer (Star).
They are unlikely to lure Alexis Sanchez to the Bernabeu, however, because the Chilean still has his heart set on a move to Manchester City.
The Mirror claims the Arsenal forward will reject the chance to join Zinedine Zidane’s side because he has “already made his mind up” to team up with Pep Guardiola “either in January or next summer”. And not even a run to the knockout stages of the Europa League will change his mind.
In better news for Madrid, their increasingly influential playmaker Isco looks unlikely to be going anywhere soon after agreeing a new contract with a £622m release clause (Mirror). That’s not a typo – literally, £622m. Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a bid as we speak.
Elsewhere, Barcelona have been tipped to target PSG’s Adrien Rabiot as a replacement for Andres Iniesta (Express), RB Leipzig have made it a “priority” to tie down Liverpool target Timo Werner to a new contract (Mirror) and Man Utd have agreed a deal to sign Coventry City’s 15-year-old midfielder Charlie McCann, who was born in Coventry but is a life-long Red Devils fan (Mail). Figures.