Manchester United are yet to receive an official bid from Real Madrid from David de Gea but officials have told the Spanish club that they will be sticking to their £35 million price tag.
That is according to The Mail, who claim that Old Trafford officials have agreed amongst themselves that they would rather see De Gea leave the club for free in 2016 than sell him for a derisory fee this summer.
The goalkeeper has just one-year left on his contract and has refused to sign an extension worth £200,000-a-week in hope of sealing a move to Real Madrid.
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Real Madrid are believed to be readying a low-ball offer to kick off negotiations with a figure of around £13m being banded around by a number of publications.
That does not even come close to meeting the £35m that Manchester United value De Gea at and they are not prepared to lower that fee despite their precarious position. The fee would be enough to surpass the £32.6m Juventus paid for Gianluigi Buffon.
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Manchester United's finances are in such a healthy position that they could afford to keep De Gea next season if Real Madrid refuse to meet their asking price.
Forgoing a fee
Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward are very much aware of what value De Gea has brought to the club having seen him spare the team's blushes on more than one occasion last season.
They forked out an excessive £20m in both wages and loan fee to bring Radamel Falcao to Old Trafford for one season and are now ready to make a similar decision with regards to De Gea.
Should Real Madrid fall well short of their valuation, keeping him at the club, where he will almost certainly contribute more than Falcao did, would be deemed worthwhile for a club with almost unlimited financial resources.
The dressing room factor
However, they will have to take into account the mental state that De Gea will be in if they decide to keep him at the club against his will.
How will Manchester United's other players react to seeing a player who they know does not want to be there standing next to them in the dressing room and protecting their goal on the pitch?
Having a player in such a state of mind may have a detrimental factor on the club and it may be a wise to get him out of the club.
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