Bad news for Manchester United fans: number one goalkeeper David de Gea is reportedly demanding a buy-out clause in any new contract he signs with the club.
The Daily Mirror claims that the Red Devils are willing make De Gea the best-paid stopper in the world in a stunning £200,000-a-week deal.
Jorge Mendes involved
However, super-agent Jorge Mendes - the Spaniard's agent - is pushing for the inclusion of a release clause in the new contract. The club currently value him in the region of £50million, the newspaper article claims.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is, of course, reluctant to agree. They may have little choice though, with Real Madrid eager to snap up a man considered to be Iker Casillas' heir to the international throne. The 24-year-old could do the same with Los Blancos, and his current contract is going to expire in the next 17 months.
Sir Alex Ferguson brought the player to Old Trafford four-and-a-half years ago, spending £17.8million to secure one of the game's rising stars from Atletico Madrid.
After a difficult settling in period with the club, the keeper has since established himself as one of the best players in his position in the World, and he was named Manchester United Player of the Year last season during the disastrous David Moyes campaign.
Valuation too high?
His fine form has continued this season under Van Gaal, which explains why the club want to tie him down to another long-term deal rather than run the risk of losing him for nothing next summer.
That remains some way away, but is close enough to render the aforementioned £50m valuation too high. The paper report claims this could still be a starting point for this particular part of negotiations, however.
Any sort of buyout clause will be a concern to Manchester United, who have seen Los Blancos spend fortunes in the past to secure players - previously to them for Cristiano Ronaldo and more recently to Tottenham for Gareth Bale.
If a clause is inserted in a new deal, it leaves the club vulnerable to Carlo Ancelotti in a way they wouldn't want to be.