Real Madrid are confident they have won the battle for David de Gea with the goalkeeper ready to leave Manchester United this summer.
According to Marca, Los Blancos president Florentino Perez is ready to open official talks with Manchester United by launching an offer of €20million.
They expect that to be rejected; Manchester United are hoping to push any deal towards the €50m mark, but Perez expects the Premier League outfit to business at around €30m.
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Manchester United have tried their best to keep the goalkeeper at Old Trafford. They have reportedly offered him an incredible deal worth £200,000-a-week.
That would have made him the highest paid goalkeeper in the world, but it seems De Gea's decision is not all about money.
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He grew up in Madrid and his girlfriend still resides in the Spanish capital. His parents live with him in Manchester, but there is a sense that they would all prefer to go back home.
Real Madrid will offer De Gea very good money, although it will not be on the same level as it is at Old Trafford.
Losing the 24-year-old will be a bitter blow for Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman has seen De Gea develop into one of the finest goalkeepers in the world this season and has been a crucial part of their modest success.
It is unlikely Manchester United would be sitting in fourth place without the exploits of De Gea and Ed Woodward and Co. know how hard it will be to replace a world-class shot stopper.
They have been linked with Tottenham's Hugo Lloris but chairman Daniel Levy has already slapped a £40m price tag on the Frenchman's head.
De Gea is certainly worth more than Lloris and, if he agreed to sign a contract with United, Real Madrid would surely have to pay upwards of £50m to prise him from Old Trafford.
Forcing him to stay
But Manchester United fear losing the goalkeeper for nothing next summer and may need a transfer fee to invest in a replacement.
There is, of course, the option of keeping him at the club until his contract runs out, but that will not only see them miss out on a transfer fee, but may also create a poisonous atmosphere in the dressing room.
Should Manchester United force David de Gea to stay at Manchester United for another year if Real Madrid refuse to offer more than €30m?
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