Manchester United could lose goalkeeper David de Gea unless they agree to slash the Spain international’s planned £50 million release clause by half.
The Mirror understand that De Gea’s advisers are unwilling to agree to United’s demands that De Gea’s next contract should include a £50 million release clause - and would prefer the figure to be closer to £25 million.
However, this would still leave the Red Devils at serious risk of losing their first-choice goalkeeper, with Real Madrid keen to sign the 24-year-old as a replacement for Iker Casillas.
United becoming desperate
The report adds that United are becoming increasingly desperate to avoid the nightmare scenario of De Gea leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid on a free transfer in the summer of 2016 and have subsequently offered the player a staggering £200,000-a-week deal.
A release clause has also been offered, but De Gea’s representatives will not agree to the deal unless the figure is significantly reduced.
De Gea likely to join Real Madrid
Manchester United have left themselves in a perilous position after failing to tie De Gea down to a new long-term contract at an earlier date.
And it looks increasingly likely that De Gea will become a Real Madrid player in the not-too-distant future - regardless of whether or not he signs a new contract with Manchester United.
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