David de Gea is still trying to decide whether to commit his future to Manchester United or force his way to Real Madrid.
That is the claim of Sky Sports' in-house Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, whose sources also say no deal has been agreed with the La Liga giants.
Real Madrid are pursuing the goalkeeper but have yet to make any formal contact with either Manchester United or the player ahead of the summer transfer window.
The player himself has already been offered a huge deal by Manchester United, but has yet to agree to extend his current contract beyond 2016.
Despite having 12 months left, Manchester United would, in all practicality, sell him this summer in order to get a decent transfer fee.
Keeping him until January will see that fee reduced to a fraction of his current market value while entering the final six months would also allow him to agree pre-contracts with foreign clubs and leave for free at the end of next season.
Having stalled on a new deal for so long, many Manchester United fans have already submitted themselves to the prospect of their most important player leaving.
However, Balague has provided the Old Trafford faithful with some timely good news. Basically, De Gea could still leave for Real Madrid, but he is yet to decide what to do.
“He is a target,” Balague confirmed on Sky Sports. “They have been saying it for a while.
“There have been agents of goalkeepers – the top goalkeepers in the world in some cases – who have gone to Real Madrid and said ‘how about our guy?’ and the answer from Real Madrid is ‘we want de Gea’.
“He has not committed himself as has been published in the Spanish media. He hasn’t signed anything with Real Madrid but he has got a decision to make.
“What is interesting is that in the past the presence of Casillas would have been an issue but I’ve got the impression that he has changed his mind on that and he actually doesn’t mind.
“He will accept the challenge if he goes to Real Madrid and if Casillas is there.”
The money on offer at Manchester United is astronomical. The £200,000-a-week deal would make De Gea, 24, the best paid goalkeeper of all time and would surpass anything Real Madrid could offer.
"His family is not there all the time and his girlfriend would love to be in Madrid more than in England"
According to Balague, that money is helping to sway him into staying at Old Trafford, but also insists that more personal matters are steering him home.
“On the table, there is an offer from Manchester United which increases his wages by five times and he will not earn as much money at Real Madrid,” Balague said.
“The money is an issue but he also has to make a decision that also is to do with personal interests – his family is not there all the time and his girlfriend would love to be in Madrid more than in England.
“All in all it is a decision that is as much personal as it is professional.”
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