Jorge Mendes is preparing to push his client David de Gea towards Real Madrid after cooling contract talks with Manchester Untied, reports El Confidencial.
The Spanish goalkeeper made headlines after keeping his side in the game against Newcastle United on Wednesday. A series of spectacular saves kept a clean sheet intact, allowing Ashley Young to score the winner in the 89th minute.
It was another reminder of how important De Gea has become to Manchester United and added more urgency to getting him tied down to a new contract. His current deal expires in June 2016 and talks have been ongoing for some time.
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Big deal on offer
Manchester United have reportedly handed him a deal worth £200,000-a-week, which would make him the highest paid goalkeeper in the world. However, it appears money is not the issue. The chance to return to Madrid to succeed Iker Casillas is a tempting prospect, but Manchester United's inability to challenge for major titles will be a bigger concern for the 24-year-old.
De Gea is also represented by super agent Mendes, who has a reputation for pushing through big deals. Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao were brought to Old Trafford through the work of Mendes. He also brokered Cristiano Ronaldo's £80m transfer to the Bernabeu.
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According to the Madrid-based broadsheet, Mendes is now starting to wind down negotiations with Manchester United and is actively pushing for a move to Real Madrid. It leaves a significant threat of De Gea leaving on a free transfer in 2016. Louis van Gaal could also lose him for a fraction of his value if they decide to cash in this summer.
Reports that Van Gaal and De Gea have a frosty relationship seems to have pushed the goalkeeper that little bit closer to the Old Trafford exit door. The arrival of Victor Valdes seems to have done the same. The same report believes that the arrival of Valdes was made not to bolster options, but to act as a safety net if De Gea decides to leave.
True or false?
El Confidencial does not have a spectacular record of reporting transfer news, but there is certainly substance behind this new claim. De Gea's refusal to sign a deal up until now is a clear indication that he is seriously considering his future at Old Trafford.
Continuing to perform admirably while his team-mates continue to fail him must be frustrating, but a return to the Champions League should spark a rejuvenation. However, if they miss out on a top four place for the second successive time, then De Gea is likely to agitate his way out of the club.
Is this the end for David de Gea or have Manchester United still got a chance of keeping him at Old Trafford? Give us your views in the comments box below!