Real Madrid are very confident that David de Gea will agree to leave Manchester United if they make a move this summer, reports The Mail.
The Spanish goalkeeper has been stalling on a new contract at Old Trafford and is set to move into the last 12 months of his current deal. His hesitance is due to the fact that his head has been turned by the opportunity to return to his home country.
De Gea has, according to the same report, already told friends that he would find it impossible to turn down the opportunity to succeed Iker Casillas in the Real Madrid goal. As a result, he is not willing to agree a long-term contract with the Red Devils.
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Louis van Gaal admitted last week that the goalkeeper was stalling on a new contract in what was the first public admission from Old Trafford that De Gea is unsure over his future at the club.
Manchester United know they may have to sell this summer if De Gea decides to leave and will be looking to get as much as £30m from Real Madrid. However, with his contract situation as it is, Van Gaal may be forced to accept significantly less.
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Working on a deal
Real Madrid have had intermediaries working on a potential deal for several months now, but they are, as of yet, undecided on the future of their current No.1.
But Carlo Ancelotti and Florentino Perez are well aware that this could be their best chance to sign a man who is considered the heir to Casillas' throne on the international stage.
Casillas is still an important figure in the Bernabeu dressing room and has two years left on his contract. Signing De Gea would leave the Real Madrid president with a massive decision.
He will either have to throw Casillas out of the first-team and possibly the club altogether or he will have to try and convince De Gea to join and play back-up for at least the next season.
Not moving for De Gea now will run the risk of him signing a new long-term deal with Manchester United, meaning they may have to offer somewhere in the region of £50m to sign him when they are ready.
Nothing to stop him
De Gea, the same report claims, is happy in Manchester as are his parents. They have already told their friends that they are happy to stay in the area if De Gea wants.
His desire to play for Real Madrid is not born out of United's poor form in the league or the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
It is simply a wish to play for the biggest club in the world. It is for this reason that his time at Old Trafford is surely coming to an end.
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