Manchester United are finally ready to open talks with first-choice goalkeeper David de Gea over a new contract.
This is according to Goal.com, who understand the Red Devils are ready to ramp up negotiations with the 24-year-old keeper and his high-profile agent Jorge Mendes.
De Gea has less than 18 months left to run on his current contract, which expires in the summer of 2016, and has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid.
De Gea could still leave United after signing deal
It’s understood that Real Madrid are keen to sign the Spain international as a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas and were prepared to allow the talented goalkeeper to run down his contract at Old Trafford before signing him on a free transfer.
Meanwhile, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has claimed that De Gea could still join Real Madrid even if he signs a contract extension with Manchester United.
New £50m release clause
The Red Devils are aware that any new contract is likely to include a £50 million release clause as well as a significant wage increase.
Should he put pen-to-paper on the new deal, De Gea is expected to become the highest paid goalkeeper in the Premier League.
If contract negotiations break down and De Gea completes a move to Real Madrid this summer, Manchester United have covered themselves with the acquisition of former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who signed an 18-month deal with the Premier League giants last month.