Manchester United are yet to receive an official offer from Real Madrid for David de Gea but are still expecting the goalkeeper to depart at some point this summer, reports The Mail.
Real Madrid have been courting the goalkeeper for what seems like an eternity and have seemingly already won the battle to coax him back to the Spanish capital.
De Gea has rejected an incredible £200,000-a-week contract offer with Manchester United and is willing to accept a much smaller contract to sign for Los Blancos.
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The 24-year-old, who is now enjoying his holidays after a sensational season for the Red Devils, believes he has played his last game in the Premier League and has said goodbye to his team-mates.
Similarly, manager Louis van Gaal and executive vice president Ed Woodward are busy scouring the world for a viable replacement with in-house option Victor Valdes and Tottenham's Hugo Lloris high up on the shortlist.
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However, despite numerous reports suggesting this has been agreed and that has been signed, Real Madrid are yet to submit a formal offer for the goalkeeper, offering a glimmer of hope that De Gea may yet be at Old Trafford when the new season starts in August.
The first offer
New manager Rafa Benitez and the president Florentino Perez are expected to open the bidding at a derisory £13m. They are hoping to get themselves a bargain because it is quite clear De Gea will not extend his current contract at Manchester United, which expires in 12 months time.
Manchester United will demand £25m and will argue that they have the financial clout to reject anything lower and force De Gea to see out the remainder of his contract.
They would lose him for nothing, but Manchester United already have so much money and may decide that a single season of service from a world-class goalkeeper is worth more than £13m.
Real Madrid could also be holding up a deal because Manchester United seem determined to get one of their players in return.
Newspapers offer up a smorgasbord of Real Madrid stars that Van Gaal wants to sign including Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. Ramos appears to be the flavour of the week, but that could all change in a matter of moments.
Biding their time
Like when you buy a house (you can afford to buy a house!?), a number of sales and purchases is required to keep the chain going. Real Madrid are usually the club who start off these chains in the football player market and, time to time, it can lead to one of their rivals bagging a world-class star.
Real Madrid love waiting until the latter stages of a transfer window to do their business as they believe it stops their rivals from responding and possibly sealing a player better than the one they purchased.
De Gea's sale is likely to start a chain reaction that will see a number of internationally recognised goalkeepers change clubs. The later De Gea completes his transfer, the less impact it will have.
Should Manchester United sell David de Gea for a cheaper price and give themselves more time to find a replacement? Should they wait until they get the full £25m?
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