David de Gea will try his very best to force a move away from Manchester United this summer by handing in an official transfer request, reports The Sun.
The goalkeeper is desperate to complete a move to Real Madrid but is fearful of Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward scuppering the deal by demanding too much money.
Real Madrid have already submitted an opening offer of £18million with several million more coming from performance related bonuses.
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Manchester United rejected that offer with the club believed to value De Gea closer to £35m, despite the fact he has just 12 months remaining on his contract.
De Gea has already done plenty to help a deal go through. He rejected an incredible £250,000-a-week contract offer from United, which would have made him the best paid goalkeeper in history, instead accepting a significantly smaller offer of £130,000-a-week at the Bernabeu.
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However, the 24-year-old is now prepared to forfeit millions in loyalty bonuses by handing in a formal transfer request.
A new bid
Florentino Perez is ready to commission a £25m deal including add-ons, but De Gea is prepared to ask permission to leave if Manchester United decide to reject such an offer.
Rafa Benitez is hoping to have a deal wrapped up for De Gea by the time Real Madrid leave for their pre-season tour of Australia on July 13.
Tagging them along
However, Manchester United are in no rush to sell their prized asset and may wait until they have a replacement lined up before agreeing to any deal.
Ironically, it is Real Madrid who usually make clubs wait until the latter stages of a transfer window before they agree to sell big names.
They refused to sell Mesut Ozil to Arsenal before they had sealed Gareth Bale and, similarly, waited until the final few days of the window to give Angel di Maria's move to Old Trafford the go-ahead.
Nothing to lose
Now Manchester United are giving them a taste of their own medicine and, if Real Madrid pull out, they have little to lose.
Although De Gea would probably leave for free next summer, the £25m they would forfeit in transfer fees would surely be compensated for by having another season of the world-class goalkeeper's services.
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