Manchester United have been offered the chance to skip a £25 million installment due to Real Madrid for Angel di Maria in exchange for David de Gea, reports The Sun.
The Argentinian moved to Old Trafford last summer for a British record £59.7m but Manchester United are yet to settle to debt with Los Blancos.
A £25m installment on the deal was due to be paid next month, but Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told his Manchester United counterpart Ed Woodward that he is willing to scrap the payment in exchange for De Gea.
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Essentially, Real Madrid have offered £25m for De Gea in what is the biggest bid to come from the Bernabeu yet. Reports last month suggested that their opening bid was little more than £13m, which, unsurprisingly, was immediately knocked back.
But while the offer is a good one considering De Gea's situation, it has recently been claimed that Manchester United are not willing to accept any offer that doesn't meet their £35m valuation.
De Gea has already told the Red Devils that he will not be accepting the £200,000-a-week offer placed on the table and would be able to leave for free when his contract expires next summer.
However, Manchester United see little value in allowing a world-class player to leave for a derisory fee when his services for another season are worth more to them.
Louis van Gaal exercised the club's financial muscle after forking out an incredible £25m in wages and fees to sign Radamel Falcao on loan. The Colombian would go on to be a failure, but the move demonstrated just how much money there is at Old Trafford.
Another loan deal
Similarly, Manchester United could simply see rejecting the £25m offer as a payment to keep the services of an exceptional goalkeeper at the club on a one-year loan spell.
There is always the chance that De Gea could have a change of heart in that time and agree to sign a new contract but there is also a chance that the team will be dragged down by his unwanted presence in the dressing room.
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