Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has been spotted landing in Madrid amidst transfer speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.
De Gea has one year left on his contract at Old Trafford and has rejected an offer to stay put worth £200,000-per-week - and Manchester United are playing hardball over his future.
The Red Devils are said to be willing to let the Spanish goalkeeper walk way for nothing next summer rather than sell him for cash in the current window - unless Madrid cough up a record sum for a shotstopper.
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They are believed to be holding out for an offer worth £33 million - more than the £32.1 million Juventus forked out for Gianluigi Buffon back in 2001.
The matter is further complicated by the Red Devils' interest in Sergio Ramos, who is said to keen on making the move to Old Trafford. Madrid want a fee of around €65 million and Manchester United have had one offer of just under £30 million rejected already - and talks appear to be at an impasse.
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However De Gea has added fuel to the fire after he was spotted arriving at Madrid airport this afternoon. Photographers spotted him strolling through arrivals, although the shotstopper insisted that he was only there to 'relax.
He then refused to answer any more questions from the reported before heading for the exit.
Despite Manchester United seemingly holding firm it appears as though they are destined to lose De Gea this summer.
The Spanish international has been names the club's player of the year for that last two consecutive seasons, and his unwillingness to pen a new contract at Old Trafford is an indication of where he wants to be next season.
The former Atletico Madrid man wants to return to his home country and believes he has more chance of winning the Champions League if he get the move he wants.
Now boss Louis van Gaal has been forced to consider alternatives and Tottenham's Hugo Lloris is believed to be at the top of his list - although whether they can lure the Frenchman from White Hart Lane remains to be seen.
He penned a contract with Spurs over five years less than 12 months ago and chairman Daniel Levy is a notoriously difficult negotiator. With that in mind Jasper Cillessen is said to be viewed as a viable alternative, although Ajax reportedly want £25 million for his services.