David de Gea's hope of completing a move to Real Madrid before next Monday has taken a significant hit, reports The Times.
The goalkeeper has his heart set on a move to the Bernabeu and has already cleared his locker at Manchester United's Carrington training base.
He was expecting to be a Los Blancos player by now but is now facing the prospect of having to link up with the Red Devils for pre-season training.
Players will report back to Carrington on July 6, where Louis van Gaal will start running them through their paces ahead of next season.
De Gea has already disconnected himself from his team-mates and said his goodbyes and is keen to avoid the awkward situation of turning up with his tail between his legs.
However, Manchester United are continuing to delay the transfer by insisting on discussing a deal for Sergio Ramos during talks with Real Madrid.
The Premier League outfit have already seen a £32m bid rejected and any chance of a deal involving both players has been thrown out by Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Ramos is unhappy at the Bernabeu and has reportedly told the club that he wants to swap places with De Gea and move to Old Trafford.
Real Madrid now find themselves busy trying to convince the 29-year-old defender to stay whilst also knocking back attempts from Manchester United to buy him from less than £60 million.
That has left Rafa Benitez with little chance to iron out terms over a deal for De Gea, but, again, United are digging in their heels with regards to the transfer fee.
They want £20m, which Real Madrid deem excessive because the 24-year-old has just 12 months left on his contract and is clearly not going to sign another one.
However, Real Madrid are considering an offer that would come close to meeting United's demands and give De Gea a slim chance of being presented at the Bernabeu before the start of the next working week.
Bringing the mood down
The sooner Manchester United can get rid of this wantaway star, the better. In fact, having him around the pre-season camp will only serve to bring the morale down.
Van Gaal would do well to tell De Gea to stay at home until a transfer can be arranged, but then Manchester United may want to give Real Madrid the impression that they are ready and willing to keep the goalkeeper at the club against his will for another season if they don't pay up.
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