This is according to Spanish newspaper AS, who also claim Rafael Benitez wants De Gea in his ranks for when Real Madrid reconvene for their own pre-season training at Valdebebas on July 10.
De Gea is keen for the transfer to happen as soon as possible, and it seems the 24-year-old has no interest in playing on the Red Devils’ pre-season tour of the United States, which kicks off in Seattle against Club America on July 17.
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De Gea has already agreed personal terms with the Spanish giants and is simply waiting for the two clubs to reach an agreement over the transfer fee.
It’s understood Manchester United want €25 million, plus another €5 million in potential add-ons and bonuses, but this is above the price Real Madrid would prefer to pay for a wantaway goalkeeper with one year left on his contract.
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Sergio Ramos situation
Real Madrid, however, in order to secure the services of one of the world’s best goalkeepers are expected to raise their offer - although the Sergio Ramos situation threatens to complicate matters.
Manchester United would prefer to offer cash plus De Gea in return for one of Real Madrid’s stars - Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane have all been linked with the Red Devils over recent weeks - and are now pushing hard to bring Ramos to Old Trafford.
That Ramos wants to leave Real Madrid, according to widespread reports in Spain, and Florentino Perez wants to offload the Spanish World Cup winner, suddenly means a deal has become a real possibility.
Ramos, 29, would bring some much-needed leadership to Manchester United’s back-line. The former Sevilla centre-back is a born winner who has been integral to Real Madrid’s success over the past 10 years.
Manchester United are offering Ramos are huge pay rise to leave the Bernabeu for Old Trafford and appear to be prepared to offer Real Madrid a huge amount of money in terms of a transfer fee, too.
United need to hurry up if they want a replacement
If United are planning to purchase a replacement for De Gea this summer, as appears to be the case, it’s in their best interests to do business as quickly as possible.
But if they plan to put their faith in Victor Valdes, Manchester United can afford to let the De Gea saga rumble on for a little while yet, ensuring they receive as much money as possible for the former Atletico Madrid starlet.
Will David de Gea be a Real Madrid player by July 6? Will Sergio Ramos become a Manchester United player this summer? Have your say on both these issues in the comments below!