Old Trafford stopper now valued over four times that amount.
Manchester United goalkeeper has been the toast of their season so far, but things could have turned out very differently indeed as it has been revealed that he almost joined Wigan for just £9m, the Daily Express reports.
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The Spanish international has been a target for La Liga giants Real Madrid in recent weeks, but is thought to be close to agreeing a bumper new deal to stay at Old Trafford.
However, his career trajectory could have taken a very different turn after reports in his homeland have revealed that he almost joined Wigan for £9m before making his move to Manchester.
“It’s true, we had David signed on a loan deal, but unfortunately on the last day of the transfer window everything fell through,” former Wigan boss Roberto Martinez revealed.
“The problem wasn’t on our side of the agreement – Atletico Madrid just felt he had to stay, and they were proved to be right.
“Shortly afterwards, their two senior goalkeepers got injured, he got an opportunity and he quickly became a hero. And everyone has been able to see for themselves the true quality of David De Gea.
“We followed him for a long, long time, and we have always known how good he is.
“He has matured so much at such a young age, and the price tag Manchester United are talking about already looks to be a bargain.”
United eventually managed to sign the 24-year-old up for a fee of £17.8m in 2011, but he is now thought to be valued at a whopping £50m.