Manchester United are facing a worst-case scenario over David de Gea's future as the goalkeeper continues to stall on a new contract, a source has told The Mirror.
Louis van Gaal has been trying to tie De Gea's long-term future to the club, reportedly offering him a deal worth £200,000-a-week. That would make him the best paid goalkeeper in the world, but there is still little indication that the Spain international will commit.
With less than 18 months to run on his current contract, Old Trafford officials are now facing up to the possibility of losing De Gea for nothing next summer. They could cash in this summer, but it will be for significantly less than the £50 million valuation the club place on his head.
A Manchester United insider told the same report: “It has turned into the worst-case scenario.
“There has been no indication that De Gea will sign a new contact and at some point a decision will have to be made when to cash in on him.
“When a player enters the final 12 to 18 months of his contract, his value begins to drop dramatically.
“There’s talk of De Gea being worth £50million, but that is unrealistic given there is probably only one club he would sign for.”
Real Madrid interest
That club is almost certainly Real Madrid, who seem to have turned De Gea's head in the last few months. They want a successor for Iker Casillas and the 24-year-old appears to be the only name on the shortlist.
It is clear to see that De Gea doesn't want to stay at Manchester United. Money is no object at Old Trafford and if that can't convince him, little else will.
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