Manchester United officials believe David de Gea is 100 percent certain to join Real Madrid this summer even if talks between the two clubs drag on well into August, reports Goal.
De Gea informed the Red Devils in early June that he would not be extending his contract beyond 2016 and that he has his heart set on a move to the Spanish capital.
While talks with Real Madrid have been progressing slowly, United have since given up their own attempts to keep the goalkeeper at Old Trafford.
They now believe there is no chance of De Gea signing the £200,000-a-week deal they originally placed on the table and that he is certain to depart at some point in the current transfer window.
Louis van Gaal is in no rush to let the Spanish stalwart leave, however, and, alongside vice-chairman Ed Woodward, is dogging his heels in over a transfer fee.
Real Madrid are aware that De Gea will not extending his contract at Manchester United and are unwilling to pay over the odds when they could pick him up for free next summer.
Manchester United are trying their best to get as much of the £30m valuation as they can, but Real Madrid's opening offer of £13m set the tone for what looks to be a very long-winded negotiation.
Everything could be made smoother if De Gea hands in an official transfer request and forfeits loyalty payments.
Matters are made even more complex by Manchester United's sudden and frank interest in Sergio Ramos. The defender has apparently told Real Madrid he fancies a move to Manchester United and transfer talks over De Gea have been left fractured.
United launched an opening bid of £28.6m for Ramos but Real Madrid want closer to £60m. There is still a lingering suggestion that a final agreement could include a swap of some kind.
However, there is still some significant doubt that Ramos actually wants to join Manchester United with several critics suggesting he is using interest from Old Trafford as leverage to get a pay rise from Real Madrid.
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